Former ICT minister Aggrey Awori has died. The former presidential candidate and Samia-Bugwe North legislator died Monday afternoon aged 82, according to a close friend, Mr Peter Oguttu.
Mr Oguttu told the Daily Monitor that Awori passed away at a private hospital in Naalya, Kampala.
“He has been sick for about a month and I have been in touch with him until today when his wife, Thelma told me that he has died,” the paper quoted Mr Oguttu who described his relationship with Mr Awori as one of “brotherhood.”
Asked what could have killed Awori, Mr Oguttu said, “you know what’s currently going on in the country, but he’s been having pressure and other diseases as well.”
When contacted, Ms Thelma confirmed that Awori died at around 2pm.
Awori who was voted the best legislator in the sixth Parliament, lost to Mr Stephen Mugeni Wasike in the subsequent election.
He later crossed to the ruling (NRM) party from his childhood Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) party, and in 2011 took a shot at the Busia Municipality seat which he also lost to Ms Kevinah Taaka Wanaha, a Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) leaning candidate.
He retired from active politics before President Museveni appointed him minister.
He was Minister for Information and Communications Technology from February 16, 2009 to May 27, 2011.
Awori was born on February 23, 1939, in Budimo Village, Busia District, near the Ugandan/Kenyan border as the 10th of 17 children. His parents were Canon Jeremiah Musungu Awori, a pioneer African priest of the Anglican Church in East Africa and Ms Mariamu Odongo Awori, a nurse and community teacher. Aggrey’s siblings include the ninth Kenyan vice-president Arthur Moody Awori and Mary Okelo, the first woman in East Africa to head a Barclays Bank branch and the founder of Kenya’s women only bank; the Kenya Women Finance Trust. Mary is also the founder of Makini Schools, a leading school chain in East Africa. He owned an urban home in Busia Municipality and a country home in neighboring Bugiri District.
He left a widow Thelma Awori and six adult children.