KAMPALA–UPC faction leader Jimmy Akena this morning lauded long serving party leader Rtd. Major Rurangaranga for his “unwavering dedication” to Uganda and the Congress.
Akena’s comments was one of several glowing remarks posted by party faithful in honour of a man who will go down as a towering figure in UPC’s long and eventful history.
Former Uganda Peoples Congress (UPC) National Chairman Rurangaranga collapsed and died at his home in Kitagata Sheema District in the wee hours of last night.
Born 85 years ago, Maj. Rurangaranga served in the Obote II government as local government minister, among other senior positions held in both the party and government.
Newswebsite, The Northern Trumphet, quoted Akena saying: “Major Rurangaranga was an MP in the ] 1960s. Fought under [Kikosi]Malum 1978-1979 hence the Major.” Major Rurangaranga won his seat in the general election and was Minister of State for Local Government 1981-1985. He served as UPC National Chairman 2011-13. He epitomised unwavering dedication and commitment in serving both his country and party.”
It is reported that the now-retired politician was last year admitted and treated for heart complications at Nakasero Hospital in Kampala. Reports from close family members say that he was also suffering diabetes and hypertension.