Parliament Pays Tribute to Lord Adimola

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Parliament has paid tribute to Uganda’s first black diplomat, Lord Andrew Bendicto Adimola who died on Saturday at the age of 88.

Parliament has paid tribute to Uganda’s first black diplomat, Lord Andrew Bendicto Adimola who died on Saturday at the age of 88.

In a motion moved by Deputy Leader of Government Business, General Moses Ali, requested parliament to take cognizance of the distinguished service the late Adimola rendered and the contributions he made to the nation in the different capacities. General Ali conveyed government’s condolences to the family, friends and all Ugandans upon the demise of what he called a distinguished son of Uganda.

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Government described him as a seasoned diplomat, outstanding politician, articulate debater who in his life served as permanent secretary in various Government Ministries. He was involved in the formation of National Consultative Council (NCC), a body formed in the Moshi Conference to lead Uganda after the overthrow of Idi Amin in 1979.

Nandala Mafabi, the Leader of Opposition seconded the motion saying he admired Lord Adimola who inspired him to be a politician and civil servant. He noted that it was sad to lose another icon in the history of Uganda.

He asked government to take care of the senior citizens who have made great contributions to the country. Adimola according to Mafabi understood the personality and character of people. The MP remembers the late Adimola as a staunch Democratic Party member who never crossed to other parties unlike many other politicians who have changed parties for many reasons.

The late Adimola was born and raised in Gulu, educated at Makerere University College and later Bristol University. In 1961, Adimola was posted to London and later coordinated all programs of the delegates Conference for Uganda Independence Constitution in 1962.

Adimola was the Ugandan who was called to the House of Lords to witness the approval of the 1962 Constitution from where he received the Instruments of independence and earned the title ‘Lord’.

Igara West MP Raphael Magyezi and Susan Lakot, the UPDF representative, observed that Uganda is what it is today because of the forefathers who fought for the country and removed the bottlenecks. Lakot said that she remembers Adimola visiting her parents’ home while she was still young. He encouraged her by saying that once you get to an office one should prepare to retire. This, Lakot observed, has not happened among many politicians who still compete for posts with their grandchildren. Lakot said she considers Adimola as a great nationalist who participated greatly to the liberation struggle in 1979 and 1985.

Other MPs Jacinto Ogwal for Otuke County, Wadri Kasiano for Terego and Betty Aol Achan, the Gulu Woman MP, described Adimola as a man who possessed a wealth of knowledge. They said the deceased had good memory of the colonial times. Ogwal and Aol said that Adimola was a very generous person in that he shared his wealth through donations in schools.

Adimola represented Gulu Municipality in the Constituent Assembly in 1994-1996 before retiring from politics to lead a private life.
In 2004 he was diagnosed with heart ailment but died on July 14th leaving behind eight children and 21 grandchildren.

Adimola was in 2008 awarded a medal of pioneer achiever and trail-blazer in education and sports by Pincer Group International and later in 2011 he was awarded the medal of Independence by Government.

Adimola’s death follows that of other Independence icons in the last three months. These include Prof. George Wilberforce Kakoma, the composer of the National Anthem, who died on April 12th at the age of 89. Three weeks later on May 1st, Prof. Ssenteza Kajubi, a member of the body that approved the national anthem and two-time vice chancellor of Makerere University, died aged 86. These were followed by Cuthbert Joseph Obwangor, the first minister of justice in the independent Uganda, who died on May 18th aged 92.