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Uganda: Cecilia Ogwal’s Tribute Elicits Grief at Parliament

Cecilia Ogwal's Tribute Elicits Grief at Parliament (News Central TV)

A solemn atmosphere filled the House of Parliament on Monday as Speaker Anita Among and other lawmakers welcomed the remains of Cecilia Barbra Atim Ogwal, the former Woman Member of Parliament for Dokolo District.

A section of lawmakers and Parliament staff burst into tears and consoled each other as her body was carried into the South Wing Central lobby at 9 a.m. 

Ogwal died on January 18 in India, where she had gone to receive specialised medical care for cancer. She was 77 years old and had served as a legislator since 1996.

In the lobby, the casket was opened to enable legislators and staff to view the body.

As part of the final tribute, flower petals were also sprinkled into the room.  

After the tribute, the body will lie in state overnight at the house and will be taken on Tuesday morning to the All Saints Cathedral in Kampala for a funeral service at 9 a.m.

Ms. Ogwal was remembered for many things, including her loud, high-pitched voice, outspokenness, and thriving political career.

Many lawmakers regarded her as a motherly figure and someone who brought people together in the House. She was known for her efforts to fix strained relationships among colleagues.

She is survived by her husband, Lameck Ogwal and their children.

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