Members of Parliament have praised the late Jehoash Mayanja Nkangi as a dedicated servant, accomplished lawyer, economist and lover of culture.
Nkangi died on Monday morning at Nakasero Hospital where he had been admitted for suspected pneumonia. He was 85.
Nkangi, a former Buganda Kingdom Katikkiro served as a Member of Parliament for Masaka East from 1962 to 1964 and represented Kalungu West for almost 20 years until his retirement in 2002.
He held several ministerial positions including Commerce, Finance, Education and Justice in a career that spanned 50 years. A lawyer by training, Nkangi served as Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs from 1998 to 2002; Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development from 1992 to 1998; Minister of Economic Planning from 1989 to 1992; Minister of Education from 1986 to 1989 and Minister of Commerce from 1962 to 1964.
His last appointment in public service was as Chairman of Uganda Land Commission between 2002 and 2013.
Today, the first deputy Prime Minister Moses Ali tabled a motion in a special plenary session chaired by deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah for MPs to pay tribute to the late Nkangi. Moses Ali hailed Nkangi for his boldness to face tough situations during the time he served in government.
“The history of our country can never be complete unless the name of Hon Mayanja Nkangi as a hero has been included,” the deputy premier said.
Moses Ali also said that Nkangi will be remembered for fostering dialogue during the trying moments of post-independence turbulence between the Mengo government and the Central government.
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Rowland Mugume, the Rukungiri Municipality MP said that Nkangi's legacy must be emulated by government ministers and other public officials, in honour of his democratic principles.
Mugume spoke on behalf of the Leader of Opposition Winnie Kiiza who is out of the country. He said that the country had lost a true servant who loved Uganda and believed in democracy.
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Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister Kahinda Otafire ridiculed people who use their public positions to acquire wealth on earth saying that they are chasing hot air. He described Nkangi as a great man saying that he is proud to serve in his footsteps in the Justice ministry where Nkangi did tremendous work.
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General Elly Tumwine, a Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF) representative in parliament said that the late Nkangi was a distinguished pillar for his culture and country. He added that Nkangi was humble, honest and a dedicated God-fearing leader.
Several officials from the Mengo government, family members, and veteran politicians filled the parliament gallery as Nkangi was honored.
Nkangi will be buried tomorrow at his ancestral home in Kanyogoga, in Kalungu district.