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Parliament Proposes To Posthumously Promote Late Minister Engola To Brigadier

Parliament yesterday paid their last respects to the fallen state minister for labour Charles Okello Engola who was shot dead by his guard, Wilson Sabiti last week.

Among the propositions to honor him was to elevate him to the rank of Brigadier General.

By the time of his death, the minister was at the rank of Colonel. This proposal was presented by the woman MP of Dokolo, Hon Cecilia Ogwal. According to Hon Ogwal, Engola’s dedicated efforts helped in the pacification of Northern Uganda.

The proposal was seconded by the government chief whip, Hon Hanson Obua. The speaker, Hon Anita Among said that it will now be upon the government to implement this proposal. Hon Obua further said that Col. Engola’s death leaves more questions than answers.

They however want to remember him for his good deeds, especially the contributions to bringing peace to the country.

The Health Minister, Jane Ruth Aceng recalled that he deceased’s brother, Hon Sam Engola implored to rush to the scene. She rushed to Kyanja with an ambulance thinking she was saving a life but it was too late.

Lt Gen James Mugira, managing director and chief executive officer of the National Enterprise Corporation said the minister’s death shouldn’t be reduced to low salary. This is just indiscipline because the UPDF has never been a group of mercenaries.

“This is indiscipline, period! I want to state that UPDF has never been a mercenary force…”

The LOP Hon Mathias Mpuuga in his tribute hailed Engola for his decisive steps in the labour externalization market.

This is after he canceled the non-compliant labour agents. Mpuuga then added that it is sad that “Col (Rtd) Engola has passed on at a critical time when we are yet to conclusively deal with the regulation of labour externalization.”

Further, he said that this was a wakeup call for the government. There is a need to scale up investment in mental health and subsequently increase access to mental health services.

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