Uganda, Nov. 24 -- Patrick Masette Kuuya, who served as a Rehabilitation minister during Milton Obote II government, succumbed to cancer at Kenyatta National Hospital in Kenya on Tuesday. He was 76.

A teacher by profession and a PhD in economics holder, Kuuya was also the Mbale South lawmaker between 1980 and 1985.

When Obote was toppled in 1985, Kuuya fled to neighbouring Kenya and stayed there until his death.

Unlike many of his colleagues from Uganda Peoples Congress (UPC), who returned to work with the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party, Kuuya spent his life in academia and farming.

Mr Nathan Wamembo Wasolo, the deceased's son, said his father's death was a big blow to the family and country.

He said preparations to ...