The passing on of the 2nd Deputy Prime Minister, Alhaji Ali Kirunda Kivejinja has continued to attract tributes from senior Government, political and security officials.
The First son and Commander of the Special Force Command, Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba; Minister of Gender, Labor and Social Development, Frank Tumwebaze and State Minister of Finance in charge of Planning, David Bahati have expressed their sympathies and uniformly praised the late as a patriot and a moving encyclopedia.
Muhoozi in his eulogy stated that, Kivejinja who participated in the decolonization struggle in the from 1950s, served in the UPC and NRM Governments, was a bank of knowledge and experience.
“Very sad to hear about the passing of our elder Right Honourable Kirunda Kivejinja. He was a repository of knowledge and experience,” said Muhoozi.
“He was a patriot and a Pan-Africanist. May his soul rest in eternal peace.”
Tumwebaze on his part said Kivejinja, who joined Museveni in UPM in 1980 and later NRA, was a revolutionary icon.
“We mourn the passing of a great revolutionary icon Mzee Kivejinja. He was a walking encyclopedia on African nationalism and patriotism,” said Tumwebaze.
Tumwebaze served with Kirunda Kivejinja in Cabinet for years.
“His outlook was big and always focused on strategic issues necessary for the survival of the human race. We pray for his soul to rest in peace,” added Tumwebaze.
Meanwhile Bahati said the late dedicated the rest of his life in public service.
“Sad to hear of the death of our 2nd Deputy PM, Rt. Hon. Kirunda Kivejinja. He was an eminent patriot who dedicated his life to public service and was a great asset to Government; a moving encyclopedia on governance issues and a solid bridge between the old and young generations of leaders,” said Bahati.
Kivejinja was pronounced dead on Saturday evening from Mulago National Referral Hospital after battling COVID-19 for one month. He is expected to be buried today in Bugweri district.