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Teso Mourns Former Minister Hebron Omax Omeda

Steven Ochola, Omeda’s nephew who is also former MP for Serere County says Omeda has been sick for a while. He says Omeda’s condition deteriorated last year after undergoing heart surgery and other health complications including mild stroke that put him down for months.
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Hebron Omax Omeda, the former Minister of State in- charge General Duties has died.

Omeda died on Tuesday at Soroti Regional Referral Hospital where he was rushed to on Monday.   

Steven Ochola, Omeda’s nephew who is also former MP for Serere County says his uncle has been ill for a while. He says Omeda’s condition deteriorated last year after undergoing heart surgery and other health complications including mild stroke that put him down for months.

According to Ochola, Omeda’s health had improved until Tuesday, when he collapsed and started vomiting blood. He was rushed to Soroti Regional Referral Hospital and on put on life support.

Ochola describes the late Omeda as a patriot who loved, cared and fought for his people. 

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Joseph Opit Okojo, the Serere LCV Chairperson remembers Omeda as a politician, whose ideologies and administration changed the face of Serere and Teso sub-region. He noted that Omeda was a serious administrator and knowledgeable person on issues of Teso and the entire country. 

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Alice Alaso, the former Serere Member of Parliament and Deputy National Coordinator of Alliance for National Transformation-ANT remembers Omeda as a very distinguished elder in Teso who guided the community and was admired by everyone including the members of the opposition.   

She said Teso and Uganda has missed a man who has been committed to serving his people and a peace-loving Ugandan.    

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Twin Valerian Opio an elder described Omeda as a person who was developmental and will be missed by people of Teso.

“Omeda has been one person who shared with me issues of development for Teso,” Opio remarked. 

Denis Aron Acamu an athlete recalls how Omeda loved and supported athletics.

“Papa Omeda used to inject his personal resources to support sporting activities in Teso. In 2015 the late Omeda took us to for training in Kapchorwa,” Acamu recalls.

Omeda, a born of Serere District in Olio Sub County started his career as a Police Officer in Obote I government but was exiled after change of the regime.

Marx Omeda, with others, started the Uganda People's Army (UPA) to fight the National Resistance Army-NRA government between 1988 to 1992   He hid and hosted Joseph Kony in Serere in the early years of LRA, reconciled with government leading to the end of the Teso war.  

Omeda worked with the same government in different capacities as Member of Parliament during the constitution making process, a minister and resident district commissioner for Serere, Gulu and Soroti districts.

His death marks the end of an era of a man who disagreed with government, fought it but made peace and served the same government with distinction.