Legislators have paid tribute to fallen Kamuli Municipality MP, Late Hon. Rehema Watongola who passed on Saturday, 14 November 2020 at the Mulago National Referral Hospital.
The late Watongola, her colleagues said during the special sitting on Thursday, 19 November 2020, was a polite and meek character dedicated to serving her people and was willing to work with colleagues from different political divides.
MPs signing the condolence books in honour of Late Hon. Rehema Watongola at Parliament recently.
She is the second MP to succumb to Covid-19 after the Pallisa district Woman MP, Faith Alupo, who passed on in September 2020.
The Prime Minister, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, praised Watongola for being active in Parliament and being able to appropriately articulate the issues affecting her constituents and country at large during plenary.
“She was a responsible and dedicated cadre of the National Resistance Movement party whose dynamism and patriotism will be dearly missed,” he added.
Hon. Tonny Ayoo (NRM, Kwania County) said that Watongola was one of the most dedicated MPs he had worked with which manifested in her timeliness and discipline while attending to parliamentary committee activities.
“She loved people and was always ready to serve her people making her priceless possession to the people she represented,” he told the plenary chaired by Speaker Rebecca Kadaga.
Ayoo stressed that coronavirus ought to be taken as seriously as the threat it poses and encouraged his colleagues and the country to exercise caution.
Hon. Francis Mwijukye (FDC, Buhweju County) delivered a message on behalf of the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament appealing to fellow MPs to take the Covid-19 pandemic serious by observing the standard operating procedures.
“We have lost a resource in Watongola and it is sad that she has not been able to complete her term as MP: I sympathise with all those around the country who have lost loved ones to the pandemic,” he said.
Mwijukye, additionally, urged Members and Staff of Parliament to occasionally test for Covid-19 in order to protect themselves and to reduce the number of deaths from the pandemic.
Hon. Watongola, who was buried on Monday, 16 November 2020 in Kamuli district, joined the 10th Parliament in 2016 after the general elections. She is survived by a husband and five children.
The Ministry of Health will make a statement to put closure to speculation over her death.