Members of Parliament have unanimously passed a motion to pay respect to the late Moroto Woman MP, Annie Logiel.
Logiel, who was serving her first term in the 10th Parliament, passed away on February 14, 2017 in Denmark, after an operation to remove a tumour from her brain. Parliament held a special sitting on today February 24, 2017, where legislators paid glowing tribute to the late Logiel.
Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda moved the motion to pay tribute to the fallen MP, saying Parliament has lost a legislator whom the country would have benefitted from, this being her first term in office
Rugunda revealed that a brain tumor was detected in 2004, when Logiel was pursuing studies in Denmark. She underwent surgery in which the tumor was removed.
The Prime Minister said in October 2016, she complained of severe headache and loss of vision, prompting a visit to the Uganda Cancer Institute where a test revealed that she had developed another tumour.
On 18th January 2017, Logiel flew to Denmark for yet another surgery, however after ten days, she developed severe headache and collapsed.
She passed away on February 14th.
Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Winnie Kiiza who seconded the motion, lauded the late Logiel’s efforts in pushing for better health care in Karamoja sub region. Kiiza recalled her efforts to push for provision of mama kits for expectant mothers in the region.
She also lamented over the state of health centers in the country, saying most are too ill equipped to handle even the basic diseases.
Several MPs described the MP as a hardworking legislator, who had her constituents’ interests at heart.
However, Budadiri West MP, Nandala Mafabi said Parliament should stop lamenting over the state of affairs in the health sector, rather work towards equipping all hospitals with state of the art medical tools to enable Ugandans seek treatment locally.
“Why should we take officials for treatment abroad yet we have hospitals in Uganda? If we are talking about health, let it be for the entire people. What is there in India and South Africa that we can’t do here? Either we get all the money in the budget and invest in health and education, we can walk without roads,” Mafabi stated.
Government Chief Whip, Ruth Nankabirwa hinted on the Shs 68 million that was budgeted for by the Parliamentary Commission, stating that it was a good plan for legislators.
“During discussions of the proposal, there was backlash on what they termed as extravagance of MPs. We want to thank you Speaker for your stamina to make sure that this institution is allowed to budget and prepare for the leaders of this country,” Nankabirwa said.
Speaker Rebecca Kadaga also took issue with the medical board, which she accused of bureaucracy in clearing MPs who want to receive treatment abroad.
“We have been complaining about the clearance. We are not allowed to send money to the hospital without approval from the medical board. I don’t know what we can do. There is a lot of bureaucracy in this,” Kadaga angrily said.
The body of the late Logiel will be taken to Moroto on February 25, 2017 where it will be taken to the district council for a special sitting. She will be laid to rest on Sunday.
She is survived by two children Diana Lomongin and Jordan Sagal, plus her Danish partner, Eric Joe.