Iteso Cultural Union has asked the government to declare the
fallen Ex-Minister, Hebron Omax Omeda, a national hero.
Omeda, a politician, an administrator and one of the leaders in the Teso
rebellion against National Resistance Army in the 1980s died on Wednesday at
Soroti Regional Referral Hospital, aged 73. He served in different
capacities in almost all post-Independence regimes.
He joined Uganda Police Force in 1964 and worked in different places including
Entebbe Police Station. Omeda also served in the Office of the Prime Minister
in the security section in 1968 after undergoing further training in Nairobi
He joined Coffee Marketing Board during Amin’s regime while on intelligence
mission with Obote. Omeda was elected RCIII chairman of Atiira Sub-county until
when misunderstanding ensued between him and Rwakatare – the then-District
Omeda, together with other Iteso fought the National Resistance Army until 1992
when he surrendered and joined politics in 1995 as member of the Constitutional
Assembly and later MP for Serere County.
In 1996, he was appointed Minister of State for Housing but shortly changed to
State Minister of Health in charge for General Duties in a mini reshuffle.
In 2001 Omeda was appointed RDC where he worked in the districts of Gulu,
Soroti, Amuria and Serere when he retired.
The Prime Minister of ICU, Paul Sande Emolot says Omeda should be decorated a
Nation Hero since he fought for the peace and development of Teso and the
entire country. Emolot, who describes Omeda as a peace lover says his
contributions helped Teso to regain peace surrendering to the government.
“Omeda has been a pillar of peace and reconciliation in Teso. Even after
running to the bush, he was among the first people to surrender and worked hard
to bring home, our children, including Col. William Omaria. Through his social
activities and engagements, Omeda championed sports in Teso. Iteso should
emulate him and government, should surely, recognize such a soul”, he said.
Jonathan Maraka, the Deputy Minister for information and documentation in the cultural
union, says Omeda was a peacemaker, a good mobiliser, and adviser the Teso
cultural leaders, Papa Emorimor.
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Freda Ochen, the minister of community development in the union described Omeda
as an inspirational person, a lover of people and sports who sacrificed himself
for the betterment of Iteso.
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Omeda will be laid to rest on Saturday at his ancestral home in
Adipala Village, Atiira Sub-county in Serere District.