By our reporter
Democratic Party (DP) President Norbert Mao has eulogized fallen top party member Hajj Issa Kikungwe who died today morning at Mengo Hospital.
According to Mao, Kikungwe did not regain consciousness after a surgery he underwent on Friday to remove a brain tumor which led to his death.
“Our colleague did not regain consciousness after a surgery he underwent on Friday 27 October 2017 to remove a brain tumor which had recurred after a successful surgery a few years ago,” Mao revealed.
Mao has described Kikungwe as a man who served his party and country with dedication, diligence and courage.
“To the family, we convey our condolences and lift you up in prayer. We stand with the you at this time of extreme grief as we mourn a man who served his party and country with dedication, diligence and courage. We will do everything possible to ensure that we accompany our colleague in his final earthly journey and accord him a befitting send off,” he said.
“As National Treasurer, Hon. Kikungwe was at the forefront of vital reforms to establish a financial management system that ensures accountability and transparency. He was also at the forefront of promoting the project of building the Party Headquarters (Ben Kiwanuka House). Hon. Kikungwe was a decisive and dependable man. He was always committed to doing what he believed to be right. Even if you did not agree with him you knew where he stood on a particular issue,’ he added.
In his political work as a parliamentarian Kikungwe stood firm for truth and justice. In 2005 he was one of a few of us in the Legal Committee who presented a Minority Report opposing the removal of presidential term limits from the constitution.
For many years he was chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Government Assurances. He used that platform to highlight many of the government’s unfulfilled promises. He was committed to community empowerment. The many community development projects he initiated in his constituency over the years attest to his outstanding commitment to uplifting the status of ordinary citizens.