The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga on Monday joined mourners in the requiem service organized for the former third Deputy Prime Minister, Paul Etiang.
Etiang, a former diplomat, succumbed to Covid-19 on Friday at the age of 83. The requiem service was held at All Saints Nakasero on Monday morning.
Kadaga praised the deceased for laying a foundation for Uganda’s diplomatic relations and image abroad.
“We thank God for his illustrious life; in service of our nation. Among many deeds, he laid a very firm foundation for our diplomatic service and image abroad. May his soul rest in eternal peace,” said Kadaga.
After serving as the Provincial Administrator from independence in 1962, Paul Etiang started his diplomatic career in 1964 when he served as the assistant secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs until 1965.
In 1966, Etiang was promoted to 2nd Secretary and posted to Uganda’s embassy in Moscow, Russia during the height of Cold War and the struggle for independence for remaining African countries. He was, after a year, posted to the United States.
In 1967, the rising diplomatic career of Etiang, landed him another promotion to 1st Secretary and a new posting to Uganda’s mission to United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.
In 1969 Etiang was made Uganda’s High Commissioner to the former colonial power, United Kingdom.
In March 1971, he became the Acting Foreign Affairs Minister.
He served Idi Amin’s Government in various capacities and in 1977, became the Organization of African Union’s Assistant Secretary General, a post he held for over 10 years until 1988 when President Museveni made him the Minister of Regional Cooperation.
Etiang had been scheduled to become the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in Nigeria but Museveni managed to convince him otherwise.
In 1994, Etiang joined the Constituent Assembly representing Tororo County in Parliament. He remained a legislator until 2001 when FDC’s Geoffrey Ekanya defeated him.