The former ICT minister, Aggrey Awori has this afternoon been laid to rest in his country home, located in Kibimba village in Buwuni town council in Bugiri district.
Awori who succumbed to COVID-19 died on July 5th at the age of 82 years.
Nafuna Awori, the deceased’s daughter says that prior to contracting COVID-19, Awori has been battling several health complications ranging from kidney failure to hypertension over the years.
She however, says 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,” added Nafuna.
Baisama Awori, also one of Awori’s children says their father was a Pan Africanist who 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,” he says.
Meanwhile, the Dokolo district woman MP Cecilia Ogwal says that Awori was a smart politician who laid foundations to foster East African political integration, despite facing endless criticism from different political actors within the country.
Ogwal further tasked 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.