It was a somber mood at Kanapa village, Magoro Sub-county in Toroma County as hundreds turned up for the burial of Toroma County MP Cyrus Amodoi Imalingat.
The late MP together with other officials from Mbale and Busia districts are among passengers who perished in an accident on the Kampala-Jinja highway on Tuesday.
The Mass that was led by the Rev Fr Julius started at 9am and ended at around 11am.
Several legislators, Katakwi District representatives, family members and friends attended the burial.
The somber mood was characterised by moving testimonies and eulogies, all praising the late MP as a unifying factor.
The NRM Chief Whip, Ms Kasule Lumumba, who represented the President at the burial, presented a Shs10 million condolence contribution to the family.
The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Mr Jacob Oulanyah, described the late MP as a unifying figure who served his people irrespective of political affiliation. The chief mourner said Imalingat preached unity and called on Ugandans to emulate him.
“This particular ceremony is unique because of the unity you have demonstrated by coming in big numbers,” Mr Oulanyah said.
He asked Ugandans to embrace the spirit of “One Uganda, one people,” a common Forum for Democratic Party slogan, attracting applause from Opposition MPs and Forum for Democratic Change supporters who came to commiserate with the grieving family.
Mr Musa Ecweru, the State Minister for Relief and Disaster Preparedness noted the urgent need to fix the poor roads he said have continued to kill people.
“Although we are given vehicles by government, we shall continue departing from the world and join our colleagues in heaven,” he said, adding that even though some people were disparaging the late MP for using a commuter taxi, “we all will still die”.
Mr Ecweru tasked the minister for Internal Affairs, Gen Jeje Odongo, to arrest and punish corrupt police officers who sanction vehicles in poor state to ply the roads.
“The Fika Salama operation is good but some police officers who solicit money from drivers and neglect road safety measures are failing it,” he added.
Mr Peter Ogwang, the Usuk County MP, called on government to address the continuous cattle theft by some Karimojong warriors. “Some of us, including our children in Katakwi were born in IDP camps because of insecurity caused by the Karimojong warriors,”
The MP was buried at around 4.15pm after a one minute gun salute.
He is survived by widow Esther Akello and two children.