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Cecilia Ogwal: Parliament, FDC clash over funeral programme

By Simon Komakech

Parliament of Uganda and the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) are at loggerhead over the funeral programme of the fallen Dokolo Woman Member of Parliament, Cecilia Atim Ogwal.

Ogwal died in India on Thursday morning.

On Thursday evening, the FDC highlighted a tentative funeral programme as below.

TENTATIVE FUNERAL PROGRAMME FOR HON CECILIA ATIM OGWAL

Mourners will be gathering at the late Hon Cecilia Ogwal’s home in Bugolobi, Kampala, Adok, Dokolo District, Lira City and Alito, Kole District awaiting arrival of the body.

DAY 1 : Body arrives at Entebbe and departs for Mulago Hospital and thereafter A plus Funeral home.

DAY 2 : Body departs from A plus Funeral home to All Saints Cathedral  for a funeral service and thereafter to her home in Bugolobi for a vigil.

DAY 3:  Body departs from Bugolobi to Parliament for Special Sitting to pay tribute and thereafter to A plus Funeral home

DAY 4 : Body departs from her Residence in Bugolobi to Dokolo via Soroti for a Joint Council Meeting at Dokolo District Local Council and thereafter A vigil at Adok,Dokolo.

 DAY 5:  Body departs Adok for Lira City for church service at St. Augustine Church and thereafter night vigil at Senior Quarters.

DAY 6: Body departs Lira City for Alito, Kole. Service to recieve the body and vigil at the Family Home at Alito, Kole.

DAY 7: Burial Programme at Alito, Kole.

NB: This program is subject to amendments, and dates will be confirmed once more details on the repatriation of the body are provided.

However, in a brief statement released on Friday morning and shared on Parliament’s X-Account, the Institution said: “The burial of the late Hon. Cecilia Ogwal is the responsibility of Parliament not the  @FDCOfficial1.”
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“Please disregard the purported burial programme released by the FDC on it’s social media platforms“, warned Parliament. 

According to Parliament, the Speaker of Parliament, together with the family, will release the funeral arrangements.

“We urge the FDC to observe the bare minimum of respect and decency and not vulgarise the final journey of the hugely respected Hon. Ogwal.”

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