Former Third Deputy Prime Minister Ambassador Paul Orono Etyang has passed on at IHK in Kampala

Former Third Deputy Prime Minister Ambassador Paul Orono Etyang has passed on at IHK in Kampala, where he had been admitted since Monday December 28.

Former Third Deputy Prime Minister Ambassador Paul Orono Etyang has passed on at IHK in Kampala

The diplomat was being treated after developing symptoms similar to that of COVID-19. The cause of his death has however not been confirmed yet.

Etyang was a veteran of Tororo politics, where he was for a long time, since the days of Idi Amin, the top cabinet appointment from the district.

“Uganda and Tororo in particular has lost an icon, an elder statesman, one of the few people I know who had the opportunity to serve in all governments. As kids, we all grew up admiring and wishing To be like him in future. May his soul RIP,” said Charles Olweny ‘Mokolimbo’ when he learnt of the death of Etyang. Olweny is contesting for the MP slot in Tororo Municipality, where Etyang hailed from.

Etyang is the father of Capt Michael Etiang who recently flew Uganda’s new Airbus from Toulouse to Entebbe as Chief Pilot, and was husband of Zahara Etyang, a Tanzanian.

When the NRM government took power, Paul Etyang Orono was working as a diplomat with the United Nations in New York. His major contribution while he was information minister was the role he played in the liberalisation of the media in the early 1990s.