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Government mourns Peter Elimu

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Trade minister Amelia Kyambadde lays a wreath on Elimu’s casket yesterday.

Trade minister Amelia Kyambadde lays a wreath on Elimu’s casket yesterday. Photo by Stephen otage. 

By Stephen Otage

Posted  Saturday, December 28  2013 at  02:00

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He died after succumbing to advanced cancer of the lungs, liver, brain and bones.

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Kampala

Government has described the death of Peter Elyetu Elimu, the former Principal Commissioner for trade as a setback to negotiations in the Common Market for East and Southern Africa and the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

While addressing mourners yesterday, Trade and Cooperatives minister Amelia Kyambadde described the late Elimu as a rare regional and global trade negotiator because of his impeccable integrity which enabled him deliver on time. “We have lost a trade negotiator, the best regionally and globally. Recently, we were at the WTO and everybody was asking where Peter is,” she said.

The postmortem report read out to mourners at Christ the King church indicated that Elimu, 59, died in an Indian hospital last Sunday after succumbing to advanced cancer of the lungs which spread to the liver, brain and bones.

According to Dr Fred Okuku, one of the doctors who handled Elimu when he was admitted in Mulago hospital in October, he had a weak memory and symptoms which necessitated referral to neuro-surgeons.

“We scanned and found that Peter had advanced cancer in the liver, lungs, brain and bones. He needed radiation of the brain which is not available in the country,” he told the mourners. Elimu will be laid to rest today at 3pm at Atiira Village, Atiira Sub-county in Serere District.

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