Fallen MP Was Supporting 101 School Children

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At the time of her death, Logiel was supporting 101 students in her community. Among these are her 2 biological children, 12 relatives and 87 community members at different levels of education.

Members of parliament continue to pay tribute to the fallen  Moroto Woman MP Annie Logiel describing her as a distinguished and compassionate person. Logiel died in Denmark  about two weeks ago.

At the time of her death, Logiel was supporting 101 students in her community through a bursary scheme she established in Moroto. Among these are her 2 biological children, 12 relatives and 87 community members who were at different levels of education.

Of these, eight were pursuing degree programmes, 20 were on diploma courses, 16 studying for certificates. There were also 10 students at A-level, 41 at O-level, four in primary schools and one at nursery level.

The first-term legislator succumbed to a brain tumor after undergoing surgery in Copenhagen, Denmark. According to Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda, in 2004 while studying in Denmark, Logiel experienced a vision loss. A subsequent Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan identified a brain tumor, for which she underwent surgery and a tumor was successfully removed.

However, in 2016, the MP started complaining of severe headache and loss of her vision again. He says that Logiel visited the Uganda Cancer Institute on November 2, 2016 where another MRI was conducted and revealed a relapse of a brain tumor.

On January 18, 2017, Logiel left for Denmark and underwent a second surgery but felt headache  and collapsed after 10 days. She was then readmitted in a health facility where she died.

Rugunda says that the fallen legislator had a deep passion in improving health services in Uganda and Karamoja in particular.

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Winnie Kiiza, the Leader of Opposition (LOP) in Parliament described Logiel as an eager learner,  and a polite but focused person. Kizza also noted that Logiel believed in quality health for all Ugandans.
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John Byabagambi, the Karamoja affairs minister applauded the Late Logiel for resorting to work in the sub region after school, criticizing educated Karimojong for shunning their home land. He said that Logiel had a very unique character that enabled her to return home and dedicate her life to the service of Karamoja.
Budadiri West MP Nathan Nandala Mafabi challenged MPs to advocate for the increase in the health budget rather than flying abroad when they fall sick.
Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga described the late as a courageous and dignified legislator.
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Logiel was born on March  27, 1968.

Before joining Parliament, Logiel was the Executive Director for Karamoja Indigenous and Modern Health project from 2008 to 2016. She also served as a Senior Nursing Officer, Moroto Regional Referral Hospital between 2006 and 2008.
Logiel has been the Vice Chairperson of parliament's Health Committee and a member of the HIV/AIDs committee in parliament. She is survived by a husband Eric Joe Logiel and two children.

She will be laid to rest at her ancestral home in Nakapelimen Village, Nadunget Sub County, approximately 10km from Moroto town, along Moroto-Soroti road on Sunday.


About the author

Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.