Parliament in Uganda has paid tribute to Jack Maumbe Mukhwana, one of the founding members of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party who died on February 27.
Maumbe breathed his last at Kadama in Budaka district on Monday afternoon. He was being rushed to Nakasero Hospital in Kampala for treatment when he dropped dead.
Mukhwana, who succumbed to cancer of the colon, was one of the cogs in the National Resistance Army (NRA), which toppled the Tito Okello junta on January 25, 1986.
The motion to pay tribute to the 78-year-old was moved by the Prime Minister Rukahana Rugunda and seconded by both the Opposition MPs and those in the ruling NRM.
Justifying the motion, Dr Rugunda said Mukhwana’s death on February 27 is a great loss to the country since he played a key role in “the liberation of our country.”
Mr Michael Werikhe, the Bungokho South Member of parliament also described the late Maumbe as an NRM icon, who will be missed dearly. According to Werikhe, Maumbe has been a uniting factor for both the opposition and NRM politicians in Bugisu region, adding that he will be remembered for his role on Front for National Salvation-FRONASA and NRA liberation struggle.
The acting Leader of the Opposition in the 10th Parliament, William Nzoghu, said Mukhwana was an admirable person.
He said Mukhwana stuck to his principles, something Ugandan politicians should emulate.