Former ICT minister, Aggrey Awori was Saturday afternoon laid to rest in his country home, located in Kibimba village in Buwuni town council in Bugiri district. Awori succumbed to COVID-19 on July 5th at the age of 82.
During the burial ceremony, Nafula Awori, the deceased’s daughter revealed that prior to contracting COVID-19, her father had been battling several health complications ranging from kidney failure to hypertension over the years.
She however, noted that Awori’s condition worsened after testing positive for COVID-19 on June 19th.
“Mzee came for his usual routine checkups in Kampala in February and we conducted several checkups but, health workers advised us to retain him within the city center area for better management. However, he turned frail in June after contracting COVID-19,” she said.
The former Samia-Bugwe North, MP was described as a Pan Africanist who strived to see a united Africa.
Baisama Awori, also one of his children said their father always taught them unity in diversity.
“Our father was a Pan Africanist who sponsored us to study from different schools within the East African region, which continuously inserted in us the values of living together as Africans, irrespective of originating from different countries.”
In concurrence, the President of Kenya, Uhuhu Kenyatta in a condolence message read at burial re-echoed Baisama’s words. The message was delivered by Kenya’s former Ambassador to Japan, Denis Awori , also a member of the Awori family in Kenya.
“Awori was a Pan Africanist and leaders within the East Africa region should emulate him to foster both political and economic integration,” said Uhuru in a message delivered by Ambassador Dennis Awori.
In her remarks, Dokolo district woman MP Cecilia Ogwal referred to the late Awori as a smart politician who laid foundation to foster East African political integration, despite facing endless criticism from different political actors within the country.
Ogwal urged fellow members of parliament to agitate for Africa’s economic integration, as it will scrap off trade barriers and in turn foster smooth trade operations within the continent.