Speaker urges leaders to prioritize national interests over partisan interests

Speaker urges leaders to prioritize national interests over partisan interests
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The Speaker of Parliament, Anita Among, has called upon leaders and Ugandans to distinguish between national interests, which should unite the nation, and partisan interests, which can be a source of disagreement.

In a statement, Among urged everyone present to celebrate the remarkable legacy of the fallen legislator Cecilia Ogwal.

She emphasized the need for joyful commemoration of her life, as Ogwal herself had cautioned against excessive mourning, believing that she would find her rightful place in heaven.

Cecilia Ogwal's legacy was recognized as a unifying force, fostering peaceful coexistence and mutual respect among political parties.

"I want to challenge all of us today to clearly differentiate between national interests that should bind us as a nation and partisan interests that may lead to disagreements," she stated.

The presence of the President was seen as a significant gesture to honor the late Cecilia Ogwal, who was described as a mother, mentor, colleague, and an inspiration to many.

Despite his busy schedule with engagements such as the Non-Aligned Movement and the G-77 plus China conferences, Among noted that President Museveni chose to personally pay his respects.

The Speaker congratulated President Museveni on assuming the chairmanship of the two international organizations.

She highlighted that Cecilia Ogwal, a dear sister and close friend of the President, would have been proud of his achievements, as she had always advocated for promoting Uganda's agenda on the international stage.

The Speaker emphasized the unique relationship between Cecilia Ogwal and President Museveni, stating that their affiliation with different political parties did not hinder their collaboration for the betterment of the nation.

Expressing gratitude to President Museveni, the Speaker acknowledged his decision to grant Cecilia Ogwal an official burial, underscoring the value and recognition he placed on her contributions to the country.

On Monday, Parliament paid tribute to Ogwal, with members from across the political spectrum speaking highly of her.

She was hailed as a nationalist who transcended political divides, an invaluable source of parliamentary knowledge, a counselor and mentor to fellow members, and a staunch advocate for the rights of women and the girl child.

Furthermore, Ogwal was praised for being a model wife, remaining loyal to her husband, Mzee Lamech Ogwal, despite the political challenges surrounding her.

The Speaker expressed her gratitude to President Museveni for agreeing to address the issues raised during the special session dedicated to honoring Ogwal.

She also extended her thanks to citizens from all walks of life for their overwhelming outpouring of love and support since the news of her passing became public.

The special session in Parliament served as a poignant tribute to Cecilia Ogwal, highlighting her immense contributions to Ugandan politics and the unity she inspired among her colleagues and fellow citizens

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