Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga has mourned the passing of the Second Deputy Prime Minister, Alhaji Ali Kirunda Kivejinja.
Kadaga, in a statement released on Sunday afternoon, said Kivejinja, who died on Saturday evening from the National Referral Hospital Mulago, played important roles in both pre-colonial and post colonial Uganda.
“Hajji Kirunda has been a long time political activist, beginning with the pre-colonial period. He is one of those who weathered the storms of religious discrimination by the colonialists,” said Kadaga.
In 1959, after returning from the independent India where he had been exposed to nationalism, Kirunda rallied the likes of Dr. Apollo Milton Obote, John Kakonge, Kintu Musoke, Bidandi Ssali and others to demand for the end of British colonial rule in Uganda. He later served in the first Uganda People Congress Government as the party’s head of research and information bureau.
He was expelled from UPC in 1965 and in 1980 elections and joined Yoweri Museveni in Uganda Patriotic Movement.
The Speaker noted that Kivejinja is going to be remembered as a departed institutional memory.
“He will be remembered for wealth of knowledge of the history of Uganda,” said Kadaga.
Kadaga revealed that Kivejinja was her son as per the tradition as the former shares a clan with the former’s late mother.
“I also shared another side of his life, his mother, Aisha Nabuuma (RIP), was a member of my clan, the royal clan of the Abaise Igaga. I therefore called him my son,” said Kadaga.
The Speaker concluded that Kivejinja is also going to be missed in Busoga Kingdom.
“Kivenjinja will be missed as an elder in Busoga and as a member of the Baise Menha clan of Bagweri,” said Kadaga.
Kivejinja was yesterday laid to rest at his ancestral home in Bugweri district.