Parliament will convene a special sitting on Monday to pay tribute to the late Hon Beijuka William, Ruhaama County MP who passed on Friday night at Nsambya Hospital.
Beijukye, 46, succumbed to Hepatitis B infection that saw him flown to India thrice for specialised medical attention since being elected.
“The body of Hon. Beijukye will be brought to Parliament and lay in State for Hon. Members and the public to pay their respects on Monday 6th at 11.30 am. Thereafter, Parliament will hold a special sitting at 2.00 p.m in his honour,” a statement to all MPs on Saturday signed Pius Perry Biribonwoha for the Clerk to Parliament explained
The silent legislator who on record attended Mr Beijuka replaced First lady and Minister of Education and Sports, Janet Kataha Museveni as area MP, after the later resigned from elective politics.
He becomes the fourth MP to die in the 10th Parliament, following Iganga Woman MP Hailat Grace Kaudha, Toroma County MP Amodoi Cyrus Imalingat and Moroto Woman MP Annie Logiel.
The deceased in September last year, in a statement to his electorate explained the extent of his illness after he had just returned from abroad for treatment.
“I was diagnosed with Hepatitis B which created a tumor on my liver. With the advice of the local doctors, I was told to go to India for an operation which was successfully done.
When I was in campaign, I suffered typhoid and ulcers, and after campaigns I was relatively okay, but it persisted. Whenever I could touch where the liver is, I would feel pain. I lost appetite to zero, I could eat but find myself going to the toilet like 7 times a day passing out milky and yellow things I didn’t understand.
I could use toilet paper to see what I was passing, only to realize that I was passing out food which was not digested. It had just changed the colour because of the temperature inside the stomach.
I was much concerned and went to a certain hospital to check everything after taking several drugs for ulcers. They tested ulcer, typhoid and all tests were negative, but when they tested for hepatitis B, it was positive and further scan proved that I had a tumor on my liver.
I mobilized funds and went to India in June[last year] and it is from India that I was told that the tumor was covering a bigger area of the liver and that they could not operate me. So I was given medicines and told to first go to Uganda for 6 weeks.”