On the Twitter account of the Uganda Human Rights Commission, where he was a member, Father Simon Lokodo, former Ethics Minister of Uganda, died in Geneva, Switzerland.
Earlier today, the Uganda Human Rights Commission made an announcement on their Twitter account about the death of former ethics minister Father Simon Lokodo in Geneva, Switzerland. Father Lokodo served on the commission as a member.
“It’s with great shock and pain that we‘ve learnt of the passing of our Honourable Member of the Commission, Fr. Simon Lokodo. He passed on this morning in Geneva, Switzerland. The Commission will share details in due course,” announced the commission in a tweet.
As Ms Anita Among, the Deputy Speaker of the 11th Parliament of Uganda, explained, Uganda has lost a leader committed to public service and who had a lifetime ahead of him.
“My deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of Hon. Fr Simon Lokodo, the people of Karamoja and the Country.The Country has lost a Leader who served with dedication and had so much life ahead of him. May his Soul find eternal rest,” tweeted Deputy Speaker Among.
Simon Lokodo, an ex-priest known for promoting conservative social values, was a Minister of State for Ethics and Integrity between 2011 and 2021, when he was dropped from the cabinet. He was then appointed by UHRC as a commissioner two months later.
The Inspectorate of Government (IG) honored Simon Lokodo in July 2021 for his enormous contribution to the fight against corruption and immorality, as well as for founding the Inter-Agency Forum, a formidable alliance of fighters against corruption and financial crimes.
In her remarks, then Deputy IGG Mariam Wangadya hailed Father Lokodo for his tireless efforts on behalf of setting up the Leadership Code Tribunal 25 years after the promulgation of the 1995 Constitution, and for his contribution to the amendment of the Leadership Code Act, which she said had given the IG “ample teeth to bite non-compliant leaders and public officials.”
Dr Wangadya is the current chair of the UHRC, where Fr Lokodo has served as a member.
Lokodo served as both the Minister of State for Industry and the Dodoth County MP (Kaabong District) before assuming the Ethics portfolio.
Lokodo entered politics aged 49 in a by-election held in June 2006 to replace the Dodoth County incumbent MP who passed away. He was excommunicated from the Catholic Church by Pope Benedict XVI when he entered politics.
In addition to condemning indecent dressing, Father Lokodo became famous for challenging homosexuality in all its forms.
Lokodo and the police raided and shut down a homosexual activists conference in Uganda in 2012. He said, “I have closed this conference because it is illegal. Uganda does not accept homosexuality.”.