Former presidential candidate and Minister of Information, Communication and Technology, Aggrey Awori has been described by Members of Parliament, as one of the vibrant legislators.
The late Awori died on Monday at the age of 82, at private hospital in Naalya, Kampala. While representing Samia- Bugwe North in the Sixth Parliament (2001 to 2006), he was voted best MP.
Awori who was formerly under the Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) party, crossed to the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party and contested in the 2011 general election for the Busia Municipality seat which he lost to Taaka Kevinah.
However, after this loss, President Yoweri Museveni appointed Awori the Minister for Information, Communications and Technology from 2009 to 2011.
On Tuesday, a section of MPs eulogized him. According to Elijah Okupa, the Kasilo County MP, the former presidential aspirant was a brilliant legislator who did not only represent the country in politics but also sports.
While studying at the Havard University on scholarship between 1961 and 1962, Awori participated in sports activities and won events like the long jump, high hurdles and 60- yard dash. He is also remembered for representing Uganda at the 1960 Summer Olympics in the 110 metres hurdles and the 1964 Summer Olympics.
Aisha Kabanda, the Butambala Woman MP described the late Awori as an eloquent politician who played a very instrumental role in upholding UPC regardless of his decision to join NRM.
She also says that the late Awori’s time in parliament was well spent and that he effectively represented the people.
Awori was born in Budimo Village in Busia District, at the Uganda-Kenya border and was married to Thelma Awori with whom they have six children.