Tayebwa apologises for walking away during Ogwal’s burial to attend wedding

Tayebwa apologises for walking away during Ogwal’s burial to attend wedding
Thomas Tayebwa

The Deputy Speaker, Thomas Tayebwa has apologised for wandering off during the burial service of former Dokolo Woman MP, Cecilia Ogwal.

In the middle of the burial ceremony, Tayebwa was seen walking away and had left for a wedding in Mitooma district.

However, his action was not well received by many including Sarah Opendi, the Woman MP Tororo district, who accused the Deputy Speaker of embarrassing mourners.

Chairing Tuesday's plenary, Tayebwa explained that he had been left surprised by Opendi’s reaction on the matter, and apologised for his action.

"What has surprised me is that Hon. Opendi was with me today, she never indicated such an issue to me. I wrote a chit to the Vice President, informing her of the issues I have, and seeking her guidance. I was born in a way that I respect people, if she took it that way, I am sorry.” Tayebwa said.

He added, “We buried our colleague in peace and I don’t want the burial of our colleague who taught us to be humble to be overridden by whatever individual who has issues. I will personally look for the Vice President and explain it to her. I am sorry about this.”

In her response, Opendi maintained that she felt disappointed that the Deputy Speaker opted to wander off during the burial ceremony yet it was Parliament that had hosted the arrangement.

“You excused yourself from the burial and indicated that you had an official function to attend. The Vice President while giving her speech informed the mourners that you left to go and attend a wedding. I felt extremely disappointed and embarrassed and I don’t know how to describe it, whether that isn’t a scandal because ideally, the host of this whole arrangement was Parliament," said Opendi.

Ogwal, the former opposition stalwart was on Saturday laid to rest at her ancestral home in Dog-gudu cell, Alito Town Council in Kole district.

Dignataries from all walks of life attended her burial.

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