Parliament paid tribute to the late Professor Dan Wadada Nabudere, a law scholar and political activist who died abruptly on Wednesday at his home in Mbale, aged 79.
The motion to eulogize Nabudere was moved by Eriya Kategaya, the first Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of East African Affairs and seconded by the Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Nandala Mafabi and ICT Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda.
Kategaya heaped a lot of praises on Nabudere, describing him as one of the few remaining fighters against imperialism and colonialism. He said Nabudere never believed in war as a solution to resolving political differences but thought that through Pan – Africanism, unity and debate, Uganda and the world would be a better place.
Mafabi, who has been Nabudere’s MP in Budadiri West in Sironko district, described Nabudere as very honest, a prolific debater, trustworthy and dependable. He said the late professor was not corrupt and prayed that other leaders in the country today would learn a lesson against corruption from him.
Mafabi said that the spirit of fighting for Bugisu Cooperative Union that the late spearheaded would be upheld. He said that as a minister of Justice and Rehabilitation, Nabudere was a very powerful government official, with a lot of resources at his disposal and yet he did not steal any penny from the government coffers.
Rugunda, who recalled how Nabudere took care of him when he ran into exile in Kenya during the Amin era, said that the fallen professor, even when he disagreed with you, would still respect your views. Rugunda said that recently Nabudere was actively involved in mobilizing people from Luwero and Gulu districts to embrace reconciliation for national unity.
Other MPs who interacted with the late professor and spoke about his contribution to this country included Wafula Oguttu, Jimmy Akena, David Wakikona and the woman MP for Sironko District, Wadada Femiar.
Nabudere will be buried on Friday in Sironko district.