Cecilia Ogwal’s health deteriorated during Speaker’s Conference - Among

Cecilia Ogwal’s health deteriorated during Speaker’s Conference - Among
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The Speaker of Parliament, Anita Among has said the health of the Dokolo District Woman MP, late Cecilia Ogwal, took for the worse during the recently concluded Conference of Speakers and Presiding Officers of the Commonwealth (CSPOC).

The late Ogwal was the Chairperson of the Sub-Committee of Spouses and Accompanying Persons during the 27th CSPOC held from January 3-7, 2024 at the Commonwealth Resort Hotel, Munyonyo.

“When we got the information that she was not well, I had to rush out of the conference to ensure a swift evacuation to India for specialised medical care. Unfortunately, she passed away on January 18 2024,” said Among.

The Speaker made the revelation during the special sitting to pay tribute to Ogwal on Monday.

She said the state of Ogwal’s ill health was unclear, because she was very private with her condition.

“Her humility is a lesson for all; she loved to see everyone happy and would withhold even critical information about her health, if she sensed that it would make anyone sad,” Among said.

President Yoweri Museveni has accorded the fallen MP an official funeral, which Speaker Among attributed to her illustrious career and contribution since she first joined politics in 1980 as the Assistant Secretary General of the Uganda People’s Congress Party (UPC).

“It is therefore, my humble appeal that we celebrate the life of Ogwal because she lived an impactful, industrious life and served her country with distinction,” Speaker Among said.

She added that whereas Ogwal belonged to the Forum for Democratic Party (FDC) party, she was non-partisan in her career.

Ogwal was one of the longest-serving legislators, having served since 1996. At the time of her death, she was a member of the Committees on Physical Infrastructure, and Budget.

She also served as Uganda's representative to the Pan African Parliament (PAP) and a Parliamentary Commissioner in the 10th Parliament.

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