Members of Parliament across the political divide have eulogised the late Hon. William Kiwagama as a dedicated servant to Uganda who was committed to the wellbeing of the people he represented.
The Late Hon. Kiwagama who died on Friday, 18th March 2016 at Mulago Hospital represented Bunya County in the National Resistance Council from 1989 to 1996; was a Member of the Constituent Assembly for Bunya County West from 1994 to 1995 and a Member of Parliament for the same constituency in the Seventh Parliament (1996 to 2001).
Moving a Motion at a special sitting to honour the deceased, the Prime Minister and Leader of Government Business, Rt. Hon. Dr Ruhakana Rugunda said that the late Hon. Kiwagama served with commitment and that the country had lost a mentor to the young people in Uganda.
“He was involved in a lot of private development of schools a and churches in Busoga and in Natete where he resided,” the Rugunda said.
He added that Kiwagama was recognised for donating huge pieces of land for construction of community projects in Busoga.
The Opposition Chief Whip and Dokolo Woman Representative, Hon. Cecilia Ogwal in seconding the Motion said that the Late was a dedicated servant of Busoga who served with dignity, humility and honesty.
“He supported the less privileged and that is why he was committed to homestead sanitation in Busoga,”she said.
She called on government to take the opportunity and improve the condition of the Heart and Cancer institutes at Mulago Hospital.
“We should not mourn like we do not have the power to increase the budget of the miserable health sector,” Cecilia Ogwal urged.
Hon. Odonga Otto (Aruu County) praised the late Kiwagama for his commitment to his political party unlike in the present day when many politicians keep switching positions.
“Many of us are not committed. When are thrown out of a party, we become independents,” he said. “This man stood his ground and stuck to his party in all circumstances.”
The Government Chief Whip said that the former representative for Bunya West encouraged other legislators to participate in agriculture and other income generating ventures like tree growing.
The Deputy Speaker, Rt.Hon. Jacob Oulanyah who chaired the special sitting said that the late former MP was so rich and gifted and yet so humble.
“These are the true heroes we should be singing. Real heroes do not build stricture, they build people and uplift them and Hon. Kiwagama was one such hero,” Oulanyah said.
The Motion sought that Parliament conveys deep condolences to the bereaved family, relatives and the people of Bunya West and Uganda as a whole.
It also sought to take cognisance of the services he rendered to Uganda.
The Late Hon. William Kiwagama will be laid to rest at his home in Bufulubi Village, Imanyiro Sub-County, Mayuge District, today, Wednesday 23rd March 2016.
He was one of the first Ugandans to qualify as a quantity surveyor and rose to prominence in the East African region before venturing into politics.