Pallisa District council has resolved to hold special session to mourn Dr Stephen Malinga, the former Relief and Disaster preparedness minister. Malinga succumbed to acute diabetes on Thursday last week. He collapsed at his home in Butebo and was rushed to Butebo Health Centre IV, where doctors declared him dead on arrival. Issa Taligola, the Pallisa LC V chairperson says that they have decided to hold a special session to allow councillors and district leaders pay special tribute to Malinga before he is laid to rest. He says Malinga who served as an ex-officio in the council for three terms from 1996, played a big contribution on issues of development.
He said his advice on key development issues helped the council to make decisions that have helped steer development in the “young” district. Taligola described the late minister as an engine of development. He said he was a great man and a vehicle for hope and unity in Pallisa and that his hard work shall greatly be missed by many. He said a meeting was to be held on Monday involving his office, Clerk to Council, the council speaker and that of the Chief Administrative Office to conclude the arrangements for the special council session. Malinga is the fourth legislator to die in the 9th parliament after former Deputy Premier Eriya Kategaya, Butaleja Woman MP Cerinah Nebanda and Usuk’s Michael Oromait.
A requiem mass was conducted this morning at All Saints Church and his body taken to his Ktintale home for night vigil. Mary Karoro Okurut, the Minister for Information and national Guidance says the body will be brought to parliament on Tuesday morning for public viewing. Mallinga’s casket will be transported to his ancestral home in Butebo, Pallisa District later in the day for burial on Wednesday. Pallisa District LC V chairperson says they have declared Wednesday April a day of mourning. Francis Okiror, the Pallisa District Information Officer says that body of the former minister will be at the district headquarters for public viewing from 10:00am to 4:00pm before it is taken for another night vigil at his home in Akodoi village in Butebo Sub County. Okiror said a special council meeting to pay respect to his body will begin from 10:00am ahead of the burial on Thursday.
Meanwhile, the Iteso cultural union has also mourned the late Malinga. Emorimor Augustine Osuban Lemukol, the leader of the Iteso cultural union says that Malinga has been supportive of the institution. Osuban says that the late’s loyalty to the institution shows great humility. Paul Sande Emolot , the premier of the Iteso cultural union says that death of Malinga is a big blow to the institution, which he has been supporting financially.