The Ugandan government has mourned the death of former Deputy Prime Minister, Rt Hon Paul Orono Etyang – who passed away in Kampala on December 31.
He was 82.
In a statement issued this Friday afternoon, Premier Dr Ruhakana Rugunda eulogized Etyang as a “consummate diplomat who served Uganda in different capacities with distinction.”
“For example, it was during his (Etyang) tenure as Minister of Information in the early 1990s, that the highly regarded liberalisation of the airwaves that saw the opening of private radio and TV stations started,” said Rugunda.
“He had many other accomplishments as deputy Prime Minister and Minister for regional cooperation.”
Etyang was rushed to a medical facility in Kampala on December 28 with flu-like symptoms.
The deceased is the father of Uganda Airlines flight captain Michael Etyang.
Born 1938 in Tororo, the deceased was educated from Busoga College, Mwiri and Makerere University.
When the NRM government took power, Paul Etyang Orono was working as a diplomat with the United Nations in New York.
It is at this time that the NRA government appointed him a minister of regional co-operation in 1988.
He took a hard decision to leave his family behind so as to rebuild the country that was in a shambles.
His major contribution is undoubtedly the liberalisation of the media in the early 1990s.
He had earlier served as the second secretary to the Uganda embassy in Moscow from 1965 to 1967.
Etyang also occupied the post of High Commissioner to Britain during the Obote government from June 1969 until 1971.
Rugunda said in his retirement, Paul Etyang remained a valued pillar who cherished unity and development.
“We have been in regular touch with his family during his period of sickness,” said Rugunda, adding, “The health workers did the best they could, but the Almighty God had the final say.”