KAMPALA–Preparations are underway to bury the late MP Issa Kikungwe who succumbed to death this morning at Mengo Hospital.
The late Kyaddondo South legislator, being a Muslim, will be buried this afternoon at Nabbingo, Wakiso district.
Kikungwe has been DP’s national treasurer. DP party president Nobert Mao in his message said the late did not regain consciousness after a surgery he underwent at the end of last month to remove a brain tumor which had recurred after a successful surgery a few years ago.
“To the family, we convey our condolences and lift you up in prayer. We stand with you at this time of extreme grief as we mourn a man who served his party and country with dedication, diligence and courage,” Mao said.
As national treasurer, Hon. Kikungwe was at the forefront of vital reforms to establish a financial management system that ensures accountability and transparency.
He was also at the forefront of promoting the project of building the party headquarters (Ben Kiwanuka House).
“Kikungwe was a decisive and dependable man. He was always committed to doing what he believed to be right. Even if you did not agree with him you knew where he stood on a particular issue,” Mao revealed.
In his political work, he served on different Parliamentary committees, including being the chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Government Assurances.
“As a parliamentarian he stood firm for truth and justice. In 2005, he was one of a few of us on the legal committee who presented a Minority Report opposing the removal of presidential term limits from the constitution,” Mao explained.
For many years, Mao said the late Kikingwe used Parliamentary platform to highlight many of the government’s unfulfilled promises.
“He was committed to community empowerment. The many community development projects he initiated in his constituency over the years attest to his outstanding commitment to uplifting the status of ordinary citizens,” he noted.
Last year, the late Kikungwe contested against the Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago on DP ticket, accusing Lukwago of betraying the party by not supporting the party members. Lukwago contested as an independent and defeated other candidates, including Kikungwe.