Parliament pays tribute to Amodoi
Parliament has mourned Cyrus Amodoi Imalingat, the fallen Toroma County representative who died in an accident on Tuesday.
The House held a special session where all members praised Amodoi as a principled lawmaker, who besides keeping his word, he lived by ordinary standards.
The Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, in a motion on Friday said that Amodoi’s life would be celebrated several years to come because of his commitment to service delivery.
“His aspiration was to see a harmonious peaceful and better society that was empowered in all spheres of life,” said Rugunda.
The Tuesday incident that claimed Amodoi’s life also left nine others dead while scores others were bed ridden.
Rukungiri Municipality MP Roland Mugume Kaginda (FDC) who seconded Rugunda’s motion challenged government on construction of better roads.
“The issue of the designs of highway roads has been raised repeatedly on this floor, it is very unfortunate that the issue he complained of has cost his life,” she said.
Mr Mugume further challenged government to give adequate support to the healthy sector whose hospitals are mainly filled with victims of roads accidents.
Other members who spoke in honour of Amodoi asked government to ensure that all roads were clearly marked with visible signs.
Kenneth Lubogo (NRM-Bulamogi County) said that government had done little to mark the roads yet they continued claiming many lives.
Lubogo sang Amodoi as a man whose life will dearly be missed.
Several lawmakers also criticises the social media for lack of culture for questioning the death of Mr Amodoi in a taxi.
Ajuir County MP Dennis Hamson Obua said that whoever posted in derogatory terms needs divine intervention.
Mr Muhammad Muwanga Kivumbi (DP-Butambala County) lashed out at social media criticisms, saying that Imalingat was a man full of humility, in what he described as “down-o-earth” person.
“What is wrong with travelling in a taxi?” he asked, adding that, “in fact his man was a down-to-earth person who entirely lived to the plight of the common man, no wonder he died in a taxi.”
Dr Chris Bayomunsi said that there was nothing wrong for travelling by public means since it would be the best way if understanding the common man’s troubles.
Cyrus Amodoi Imalingat will be buried on Sunday, March 19 at his ancestral home in Kanapa village, Magoro Parish in Katakwi District, leaving behind a wife and two children.
He died only 10 months into his second term in parliament after retiring from the army at the rank of Lieutenant in 2009, four years after he had joined the presidential guard Brigade.