The Ugandan politician, who is also brother to former Kenyan vice President Moody Awori, died Monday afternoon aged 82. The news was confirmed by his wife Thelma, as well as his close friend, Mr Peter Oguttu.

Mr Oguttu told the Daily Monitor that Mr Awori passed away at a private hospital in Naalya, Kampala.

“He has been sick for about a month and I have been in touch with him until today when his wife, Thelma, told me that he has died,” he said.

Asked what could have killed Awori, Mr Oguttu said: “You know what’s currently going on in the country, but he’s been having pressure and other diseases as well.”

Challenged Museveni
The late Awori served as a Member of Parliament for many years before making history in 2001 when he dared to vie for the presidency against President Yoweri Museveni, and finished third.

He served as MP for Samia Bugwe in Uganda, before being appointed ICT Cabinet Minister by Museveni where he served from February 16, 2009 to May 27, 2011.

His brother Moody was Kenya’s longest serving assistant minister before he was appointed vice-president. Before that, he served as Funyula MP for 25 years.

Moody and Aggrey Awori are the sons of Canon Awori, a pioneer priest of the Anglican Church in East Africa who died in 1971, and Ms Mariamu Odongo Awori, a nurse and community teacher.

Their sister is Dr Mary Okello, who was Kenya’s first woman bank manager and is the founder of the Makini group of schools.

Aggrey Awori attended Nabumali High School in Mbale District and King’s College Budo, in Wakiso District, both in Uganda. While at Kings College Budo (1959 to 1961), Aggrey was selected among a few others for elite military officers training at Sandhurst Military College in the United Kingdom. His father Canon Awori, however, rejected the idea of his talented son joining the military. From 1961 to 1965, he studied at Harvard University on a scholarship. The first year he took nuclear physics, but then switched over to political economics.

While at Harvard, Aggrey became the first person in heptagonal track history to win three events – the long jump, high hurdles, and 60-yard dash, tying the heps record in the hurdles and setting the mark in the dash. He also ran on the victorious mile relay team that tied the heptagonal record.