Former ICT minister and former Ugandan presidential candidate Aggrey Awori has died.
Aggrey, the brother of former Kenyan vice president Moody Awori, died Monday afternoon at the age of 82, his wife Thelma and a friend confirmed.
A close friend Peter Oguttu told the Daily Monitor that Awori died at a private hospital in Naalya, Kampala.
“He has been ill for about a month and I have been in contact with him to this day when his wife, Thelma, told me she had passed away,” he said.
“He has been ill for about a month and I have been in contact with him to this day when his wife, Thelma, told me he had passed away,” said Mr Oguttu who described his relationship with Mr Awori as a “brotherly” relationship.
“You know what is happening in the country now, but he is also under pressure from other diseases,” Asked what could have killed Awori, Mr Oguttu said:
Awori, who was elected the best member of parliament in the sixth parliament, was defeated by Stephen Mugeni Wasike in the next election.
He later joined the ruling NRM party of his childhood, the Uganda People’s Congress Party (UPC), and in 2011 he secured a place at Busia Municipal headquarters which was also defeated by Ms Kevinah Taaka. Wanaha, Forum for Democratic Change (FDC). a dependent candidate.
He retired from politics before President Museveni appointed him minister.
He was Minister of Information and Communication Technology from February 16, 2009 to May 27, 2011.
Mzee Awori represented Samia-Bugwe North, Busia District in the Ugandan Parliament from 2001 to 2006.
He was a clear member of Uganda’s People’s Congress (UPC).
In 2007, he left the UPC and joined the ruling National Resistance Movement.
Moody and Aggrey Awori are children of Canon Awori, a pioneer priest of the Anglican Church in East Africa who died in 1971, and Mariamu Odongo Awori, a nurse and community teacher.