Members of Parliament across the political divide have praised the late Hon. Susan Namaganda, Bukomansimbi District Woman Representative, for dedicated and passionate fight for the rights of farmers.
The late Namaganda died on Friday 11th December 2015 at Nakasero Hospital following a tragic road accident on Masaka Road on Thursday night.
The Prime Minister and Leader of Government Business, Rt. Hon. DR. Ruhakana Rugunda moved a Motion to pay tribute to the Late Hon. Namaganda in a special sitting of Parliament, on Monday, 14th December 2015.
Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda said that the late legislator advocated for the causes of the farmers by pushing for good prices for agricultural produce.
“She fought for fair prices for agricultural produce so as to improve the quality of life of the farmers. This earned her a nickname ‘Beyyi ye birime’,” he said.
The Premier added that the late Namaganda was a good role model for young people, adding that she will be deeply missed by the country as a whole.
“Susan was a rising star whose life has gone too soon, while we still needed her,” he concluded.
The Opposition Chief Whip, Hon. Cecilia Ogwal who seconded the Motion said that the late Namaganda realised that the government had neglected the agricultural sector, a backbone of the people she represented.
“The late Namaganda dedicated her efforts to ensuring that farmers attracted good prices for their products and to empowering the youth with skills,” Hon. Cecilia Ogwal said.
Ogwal added that as the Opposition, they committed themselves to advancing her quest to boosting agriculture.
“It is unfortunate that she will not realise her dream of revival of cooperatives and the construction of silos that are all important in the agricultural sector. We pledge to fulfil that as the Opposition,” she stressed.
Hon. Sam Otada (Kibanda County) also highlighted Namaganda’s passion for agriculture and asked government to ensure that the sector adopts a value chain approach.
“What can we do to ensure that we adopt the Maputo Declaration which advocates for 10 percent of government budgets to cater for the agricultural sector?” he pondered.
Otada also called on government to come out with a plan to curb the increasing road accidents that claim so many Ugandans annually.
The Minister of State for Primary Education, Hon. John Chrysostom Muyingo said that there is need to act and stop road accidents on the Uganda roads.
“It is time for us to consider amending the traffic laws in this country and also introduce a different curriculum in driving schools,” he said.
The late Namaganda,31, was buried yesterday, Tuesday in Kawoko village, Butenga Sub-county Bukomansimbi district.
At her burial, the Masaka Diocese Bishop, John Baptist Kaggwa, called for immediate investigations into the death of the MP.
Citing contradictory reports, Kaggwa demanded that police explains to the public what exactly happened.
She had been successfully nominated to contest for the post of MP for Bukomansimbi in the 10th Parliament.
Her elder sister, Veronica Nanyondo, has been chosen by the family to replace Susan in the race for Bukomansimbi woman MP seat.