In the early 1980s during the war times, Etima would accommodate students from West Nile at his home.
PIC: Gen. Moses Ali casts a flower in Etima's grave. (Credit: Bosco King)
ARUA- President Yoweri Museveni described former commissioner general of prisons Joseph Etima as an industrious man in a written speech read to the mourners by the first deputy prime minister, Gen Moses Ali, Museveni said Joseph was a role model in the human sector.
Joseph Etima was buried at Duku village in Omugo sub-county Arua district on June 30, 2018 and he passed on at Nakasero hospital on June 23, 2018 after having breathing complications.
But according to Justine Augustus Kania, the chairman organising committee for the burial arrangements, Joseph Etima is survived by two widows Rose Etima and Santa Grace Etima and has sixteen children of which thirteen are girls and three are boys.
President Yoweri contributed cash of sh10m to meet the burial expenses which were handed over to the chairperson Justine Augustine Kania.
PIC: Etima when he was still alive. He was a reliable and trustworthy man
Meanwhile, Gen Moses Ali said he knew Joseph Etima way back when he was in Uganda prisons in 1990 under detention. He helped him by granting his family members permission whenever they wanted to visit him in prison.
Gen Moses advised the mourners to leave behind a legacy by building houses that can speak to the people like Joseph has done in Omugo and he was a uniting factor for the people of West Nile and the Government.
Gen Moses Ali thanked President Museveni for keeping Joseph Etima active by appointing him to work because he had the mental capability.
Byabashaija throws soil into the grave of late Joseph Etima in Duku village, Omugo sub-county, Arua
However, Caleb Alaka, the chairperson for West Nile foundation, told the mourners that the day was a sad one for the West Nile people because the Icon had gone. Etima was a member of West Nile community in the early 1980s during the war times. He would accommodate students from West Nile at his home.
Dr Johnson Byabashaija, the commissioner general of prisons, assured the children and the widows that Prisons will look after them whenever they are in need.
He told the prison staff to emulate Etima’s attribute of being honest and reliable. Prisons gave a condolence of sh30m . Senior officers paid their last respects to Etim by saluting.
PIC: Gen. Kahinda Otafire, the minister for Constitutional Affairs, lays a wreath on Etima's casket
Mario Obiga Kania, the Member of Parliament for Terego East and also state minister for internal affairs said that Joseph was his mentor because he told him to go to school and Joseph Etima was nit pround of himself and the richness was down earth to the people.
The children described their father as caring, generous and God loving.
PIC: Etima’s children during their father's burial
Dr Monica Etima, one of the daughters, told the mourners that their father always wished to see young people become administrators and that that is why he turned down the offer by President Museveni to continue working as a commissioner general when his contract expired.
Prisons staff carry Etima's remains to his final resting place