President Yoweri Museveni on Tuesday sent out condolences to the family of Amb Paul Etiang who died last week.
Amb Etiang who served among others as Third Deputy Prime Minister succumbed to Covid19 at Kampala International Hospital.
In his condolence message delivered to the family by Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, Museveni termed the deceased as “one of the leading patriotic leaders Uganda produced.”
“I, therefore, wish to extend, on behalf of my family, government and entire nation, heartfelt condolences and sympathies to his family.” Museveni said, noting that the deceased had served the NRM Government since its inception.
“Throughout his time in government, his diligence and intelligence shone through. These were the qualities that propelled his rise through the ranks of Government”
“Since his appointment, Ambassador Etiang accomplished many Government projects and programmes. For example, the NRM Government decision to liberalise the airwaves in the early 1990s, paving the way for the opening of private FM radio and Television stations, was done during his tenure as Minister of Information.”
“Ambassador Etiang was a loyal and patriotic Cadre of the National Resistance Movement (NRM).”
The president called on Ugandans, especially the youths to emulate the legacy and achievements of Etiang.
Etiang, who passed away at 83, served as Uganda’s ambassador to the Soviet Union.
He also served as the minister for regional and cooperation affairs in 1986 before being appointed as third deputy prime minister and minister of labor and disaster preparedness.