New Vision (Kampala)

Uganda: Parliament Honours MP Michael Oromait.

MPs have paid glowing tribute to the late Usuk county MP in Katakwi district Michael Oromait, 48, saying he was an admirable 'star' gone too soon.

Second deputy Prime minister Gen. Moses Ali on Monday moved the motion asking Parliament to commiserate with the bereaved family and the people of Uganda upon the demise of a gallant son of the land.

"He was a hard- working and dedicated legislator. He was an active member of the finance and government assurances committee," Ali, who is also deputy leader of government business in the House, said.

MPs fondly referred to Oromait who served a short-lived one year as 'almighty' because of the consonance in his surname and MP for UK because of the acronym he conjured for his constituency Usuk, Katakwi (UK).

Leader of Opposition Nandala Mafabi who seconded the motion said Oromait loved Katakwi so much so that when still alive, he said he sleeps while facing the direction of Katakwi.

He said the life the deceased lived showed that people should strive to accumulate what they want through just means. "He worked while he upgraded his education status. Let us stop corruption that has eaten our moral fibre," Mafabi said.

Chairman of independent MPs, Sam Amooti Otada said the MP who was a member of the "Independents caucus", was steadfast on the issue of human rights, good governance and equal opportunities.

"He had longed to go to the UK, and indeed some time last year he asked the office of the Speaker that since he had never been out of the country, to let him on the next trip abroad most preferably to see his 'bigger constituency' in the UK. It is prophetic that when he visited UK recently he was on his way yonder," Otada said.

Oromait passed away on Saturday morning in a health center IV in Katakwi district and according to the post mortem report from Mulago read at the requiem mass by Ngora county MP Francis Epetait, the deceased is said to have died of hypertension. He is survived by two widows Kedi Rose and Christine Anyout and 11 children.

Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga who chaired the House said Oromait's attendance of Plenary and the committees was excellent. "He was always in Parliament. He had a staying power. He was punctual. He would come early and stay till the end," Kadaga said.

Kadaga said Oromait had petitioned Parliament to help resolve the border dispute between Katakwi and Napak districts and the problem of cattle rustling in the Karamoja sub region. "We should resolve this dispute and cattle rustling as a tribute to Oromait," Kadaga said.

Several members of the public turned up in the public gallery including members of his family and relatives, and Auditor General John Muwanga.

Education minister Jessica Alupo who represented government during an earlier funeral service at Christ the King Church described him as a good man with a big heart. "He was educating nearly the whole of his clan. He associated fondly with poor people and he had a concern for everyone," Alupo said.

Oromait will receive an official burial on Thursday at Olela village, Usuk county in Katakwi district. Proscovia Oromait one of the MP's daughters said their father loved Uganda so much and cared so much about them. She said their father wanted to see good roads and electricity in Katakwi

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