April 22, 2014

Parliament Pays Tribute To Fallen Former MP

Former Budama MP William Okecho
Former Budama MP William Okecho

Parliament has eulogized the late William Okecho, the former West Budama North Member of Parliament. Oketcho succumbed to cancer at Mulago Hospital on Friday last week.

Oketcho’s body was received this afternoon Parliament by Jacob Oulanya, the deputy speaker of parliament and legislators from Tororo district. Justine Kasule, the government chief whip moved a motion for parliament to pay tribute to the late Oketcho, which was seconded by Cecilia Ogwal, the Opposition chief whip and the Leader of Independents Sam Otada.

Lumumba noted that Okecho who served Parliament from 2006 to 2011, was one of the star performers of the eighth Parliament.

Cecilia Atim Ogwal, the opposition chief whip said she celebrates the life of the late Okecho by reflecting on the service he rendered the country in different capacities. Ogwal described the late as transparent saying that during his tenure and National Water and Sewerage board chairperson, Okecho disagreed in principal with the Minister in charge of Water and Environment on the management of the Corporation.

Ogwal alleged that it was for this reason that the late Okecho was suspended from the board. She demanded that government investigates the appointment of the current managing director of National Water Mugisha Gisagara and pronounces it’s self on the suspension of the late in order to clear his name.

Sam Owor Otada, the Kibanda County MP said Okecho played a leading role in running the budget committee during his tenure in parliament. Otada appealed to fellow MPs that as they go into debating the Public Finance Bill that seeks among others to repeal the Budget Act that provides for a Budget Committee, to do so wisely while paying tribute to the late Okecho.

He noted that the late Okecho stood firmly and followed the Budget Act to the later which he says strengthened accountability, separation of power and good governance.

Okecho served as a Member of Parliament from 2006 to 2011. The late Okecho was born on 28th May 1949 in Tororo District.  He will be laid to rest in Paya in Tororo District on Friday this week.

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