Monday April 21 2014

Parliament to honour ex-MP Oketcho tomorrow


The body of the former West Budama Member of Parliament, William Oketcho will lie in State at Parliament tomorrow.
The family will also hold an official vigil at his residence in Ntinda, a Kampala suburb, on the same day before the body is taken to Tororo District headquarters on Wednesday for eulogy.
Mr Val Oketcho, a son of the deceased, said the family was yet to decide the burial date.

“We will announce the burial date on Tuesday morning when we hold the requiem mass at Christ the King [church in Kampala],” he said. The burial will be in Paya, Tororo District in eastern Uganda.

Oketcho died of kidney failure on Friday evening at Mulago hospital. He represented West Budama in the 8th Parliament and chaired the budget Committee then. Mr Val Oketcho said the burial was delayed by the Easter holiday.
Colleagues said he was the architect of the Budget Act, which gave Parliament a powerful oversight role over how national resource are allocated and spent.

Who is Oketcho?
He was born in 1949. He obtained his Junior Leaving Certificate in 1964. He joined Bukedi College, Kachonga where he did his East African Certificate of Education in 1968.

He went to St Mary’s College Kisubi for A-Level. He joined Makerere University in 1971 to pursue a Bachelor of Commerce degree and graduated in 1974.
Makerere University employed him as a teaching assistant, and he moonlighted with the defunct Lint Marketing Board. Oketcho later joined Nairobi University for a Masters Degree in Business Administration which he completed in 1977. He survived Uganda Airline crash in Italy in 1987.

After leaving Parliament, Oketcho was appointed chairman board of National Water and Sewerage Cooperation, but was controversially suspended by line minister Ephraim Kamuntu over differences of opinion on the recruitment of a new MD for the Water body. He is survived by a wife Hellen Okecho and six children