By Nathan Eyagu
Teso leaders who attended the final sendoff of fallen Bukedea LCV Chairman, Moses Olemukan yesterday, 27th December 2022 have rallied behind his daughter to replace him as chair Bukedea Local Government Council.
Notable among those who supported Loyce Akiror’s quest to replace her father was the Minister of Local Government, Hon. Raphael Magyezi who handed over Shs2M to Akiror as start-up for her campaigns.
Magyezi described the late Olemukan as a developmental leader who will dearly be missed.
While using examples of the MP for Usuk county Michael Oromait who was replaced by his daughter Proscovia Alengot, Speaker Jacob Oulanyah who was also replaced by his son in Omoro, Bukedea county MP John Bosco Ikojo asked why the narrative should be changed thus drawing cheers from the mourners.
“It is Akiror who knows the works of her dad and so, those intending to contest should wait until 2026 when her father’s term ends,” Teso affairs state minister Kenneth Ongalo said.
Other district chairpersons of Teso region attended the burial and rubber-stamped their backing of Olemukan’s daughter.
“We are happy for you to accept to step in the shoes of your father. As his former colleagues, we shall support you so that you can carry on his legacy,” said Stephen Ochola, the chairperson of Teso district chairpersons.
Vice-President Jessica Alupo, the chief mourner at his interment, said he was “a hardworking chairman who treasured the welfare of women.
It should also be noted that Akiror is the first child in their family and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in public administration at Kampala International University while her late father was the only son of his parents, Peter Ochom and Loyce Akiror, who are alive.
“As people of Bukedea, we should mourn with hope because I am here to offer myself to take on from where my father stopped from and I shall make sure that what he didn’t finish, will be finished,” Akiror told thousands of mourners in Akuoro village, Bukedea during the sendoff of her father.