Lokodo: Karenga, Kaabong want govt to take over ex-minister’s families
Lokodo’s corpse arrived into the country with less ‘advertisement by the government’, and locals say he was not properly honored by the government and parliament he was part of.
By Owiny Hope Ochero
Kaabong – February 11, 2022: Karenga and Kaabong district councils have resolved that the government of Uganda should take over the responsibilities left by the departed State Minister for Ethics and Integrity, Father Simon Lokodo.
Lokodo, until his death was a Commissioner with the Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC). The former Dodoth MP in Kaabong district died two weeks ago from Geneva, Switzerland on official duty.
Reports said he succumbed to Covid-19’s multiple variants.
He was laid to rest on Monday in a funeral whose preparations government gave “little attention”, including countable eulogies from the Parliament of Uganda and its honorable members.
Both Kaabong and Karenga district councils have now asked the government to take care of Father Lokodo’s dependants; compensate his close relatives who worked for the government and never got their pension and gratuity.
Both councils also want a Karimojong native appointed by President Museveni to replace Lokodo’s position.
The two district councils paid tribute to the late Lokodo on Monday, February 7 at his ancestral home in Kapedo, Karenga from where they arrived at the resolutions above.
Felix Lochale, while giving a speech during the burial told the representatives of the government, Lukia Nakadema that Father Lokodo had a lot of people who depended on him who has now remained helpless.
He added that there are close relatives of Lokodo who worked for the government and didn’t get their pension and gratuity but Lokodo who should have helped them has now died.
Lochale continued, “It’s on this background that the councils are requesting that government should take these responsibilities in order to rescue those who were depending on Lokodo.”
Nakadema Lukia who is the 3rd deputy prime minister was the chief mourner. She promised to follow up with the President to ensure that resolutions of the councils are met.