Joel Hunter Wacha-Olwol led a 1980 Presidential Commission that took charge of the state after President Godfrey Binaisa's overthrow.
PIC: Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah views the body of Wacha Olwol in Parliament on Thursday. (Credit: Kennedy Oryema)
KAMPALA - The body of Joel Hunter Wacha-Olwol, the former head of the 1980 three-man Presidential Commission, is lying in state at Parliament.
Wacha-Olwol, who led the commission for the transitional period following the overthrow of President Godfrey Binaisa, breathed his last on Tuesday in Kampala.
He died at the age of 93, survived by 12 children.
He was 56 when he led the Presidential Commission, which led the country for seven months, from May 22 to December 15.
Wacha-Olwol led the state alongside Justices Saulo Musoke and Polycarp Nyamuchoncho, before the team handed over power to President Milton Obote on December 20, 1980 following general elections. His family on Thursday joined MPs at Parliament to pay their respects to the fallen leader.
The man who studied in the UK before graduating there with a Diploma in Social and Public Administration died on Tuesday at Kadic Hospital in Uganda's capital Kampala.
The director of communication at parliament, Chris Obore, said his body will be moved into the parliament chambers at 2pm local time for MPs to pay their tributes to the contribution of the fallen leader.
Speaker after speaker, MPs will be expected speak about Wacha-Olwol.
Brig. Oula George Innocent, the UPDF representative in Parliament, was also in Parliament when Wacha-Olwol's body was brought the the House.