Parliament has today paid tribute in a special sitting to the Late Honorable Stanslaus Okurut, husband to the Gender, Labour and Social Development Minister Mary Karooro Okurut.
Stanslaus Okurut is a former Minister for Works, Culture and Sports and a Member of Parliament who represented Ngora County formerly in Kumi District.
A motion for a resolution of Parliament to pay tribute to the late Okurut was moved by Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi and leader of Government Business and seconded by the Leader of Opposition in Parliament Wafula Oguttu and Leader of Independents Sam Otada.
Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga on behalf of Parliament and her behalf extended her condolences to the members of the late Okurut’s family and all Ugandans.
She noted that when she had just joined the National resistance Council the then Legislature, senior politicians like Okurut guided and mentored them.
He and others were in parliament before and were conversant with Parliament Procedures and practice. She commended and recognized his contribution as a senior politician to the development of democracy and schooling others in the culture of parliament.
Kadaga described him as a selfless, sociable, and candid man who always spoke his mind.
Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi move that Parliament collectively conveys its condolences to the bereaved family.
He noted that In 1987, while the late Okurut was serving as the Minister for culture and sports, he volunteered together with others to negotiate with the Uganda People’s Army (UPA) Rebels and that together with his colleagues they were taken captive and rescued nine months later.
Mbabazi said that even after this life threatening ordeal at the hands of the rebels, the late Okurut continued to pursue a peaceful resolution to the conflict. He even went so far as to champion the enactment of the amnesty law to benefit former rebels
Leader of Opposition Wafula Oguttu noted that the Late Okurut’s contribution in the peace negotiation with the rebels was invaluable towards ending the war in the Teso Sub region.
He said that to Okurut’s credit it was difficult to tell to which political party he belonged because he was a democrat willing to listen to all opinions.
Okurut passed away on Saturday morning at the age of 85 at his home in Ntinda, a Kampala suburb.
He is survived by eight children and a widow Minister Mary Karooro Okurut. Okurut’s burial is slated for Thursday this week.