Former  Minister Aggrey Awori Passes On At 82 Years

Former Minister Aggrey Awori Passes On At 82 Years

By Simon Abaho

The former Member of Parliament for Samia Bugwe North, in Busia District, Aggrey Awori, passed on Monday afternoon at a private Hospital in Naalya, a city suburb.

The former ICT Minister was aged 82 years and sources intimidated that he has been sick for about a month until his wife Thelma announced that he had died at around 2:00 Pm Monday.

It’s said that cause of death may be COVID-19, but he had been battling high blood pressure and other diseases which when combined may have caused his death. By the time of publishing this article, the autopsy had been carried out to find the actual cause of death although the report hadn’t been released yet.

Aggrey Awori was legislator from the year 2001 to 2006 in the sixth parliament, in which year he was voted the best legislator, although he lost in the following elections to Stephen Wasike.

In 1967 Awori was appointed the first local director of Uganda Television (UTV). He was later jailed for two months in 1971 after Idi Amin’s coup because during the first coup he did not broadcast a speech delivered by Amin after he lied to him that they were live on Air yet they were not.

He used to be a Uganda Peoples  Congress (UPC)  die-hard before he later crossed to the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party and he vied for the Busia MP seat which he lost to Kevinah Taaka Wanaha of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC).

Awori later retired from active politics before president Yoweri Museveni appointed him the Minister of ICT. He held that position from 2009 to May 2011.

He was married to Thelma Awori, who worked as Director for Africa at the United Nations Development Programme and they have six children together.

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