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Frail Magode Ikuya Appears for Vetting

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The 74-year-old member of the National Historical Forum could hardly move on his own and depended on the support from close friends and relatives such as Geoffrey Ekanya, the Tororo County North Member of parliament and his Tororo county South counterpart, Fredrick Angura when he appeared at parliament.
Magode being supported after talking to journalists

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The newly appointed East African Community Affairs State Minister, Magode Ikuya has appeared for vetting looking frail and sickly.  The 74-year-old member of the National Historical Forum could hardly move on his own and depended on the support from close friends and relatives such as Geoffrey Ekanya, the Tororo County North Member of parliament and his Tororo county South counterpart, Fredrick Angura when he appeared at parliament. 

Magode, who spent a very short time with the Appointments Committee, due to his ill health later answered questions from journalists including on his poor health. He held on to the podium on the verandah of parliament as he spoke to journalists. Magode told journalists that as a normal person, there is no reason why he shouldn’t be sick at his age. 

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Asked if he was consulted on the appointment, Magode said that it is good to be surprised. He said that the Appointing Authority knows where he comes from. Asked what he will do once he assumes the office as East African Affairs State Minister, Magode says that he will ensure that he will study and understand what has been happening before taking action. 

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Magode will be serving with the former Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, who is now the 1st Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for East African Affairs.  He will be replacing Julius Maganda. Prior to his retirement from public life, Magode served as the Director for Mass mobilization in the then movement secretariat and District Commissioner Mbale. He has been writing a weekly in the government-owned New Vision.

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