Aggrey Awori Dies

An undated file image of Aggrey Awori
  • Aggrey Siroyi Awori, the Uganda statesman and younger brother of former Vice President Moody Awori, died on Monday afternoon, July 5.

    The politician, who was a key political figure in Uganda, passed away aged 82, at a private hospital in Naalya, Kampala.

    A close associate, Peter Oguttu affirmed that Aggrey had been sick for the past month, pointing out that he had been suffering from blood pressure as well as other diseases.

    An undated file image of Aggrey Awori

    “He has been sick for about a month and I have been in touch with him until today when his wife, Thelma told me that he has died,” he stated.

    Aggrey was a renowned Olympian and broke records during his time at Havard University by becoming the first person to win three events, the long jump, high hurdles and 60-yard dash. 

    Further, he contested for the Presidency during the Ugandan 2001 general elections and emerged third. 

    Before retiring from active politics, Aggrey had been appointed as ICT minister by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni in 2009. He served for two years.

    Aggrey comes from one of the most prominent families in Kenya which has brought forth accomplished people in their respective fields.

    Aggrey’s sister Grace Wakhungu serves as a director for Erad Supplies and General Contract Limited. Grace is the mother to Susan Wakhungu Githuku- a former Coca-cola executive, Judy Wakhungu- a former Environment CS as well as Kenyan Ambassador to France. Grace’s son, Ben Wakhungu works with the Kenya Red cross.

    Aggrey’s sibling, Mary Okello is Kenya’s first woman bank manager and also the founder of Makini schools.

    Other relatives from the family tree include Hannington Awori, a famed corporate executive who was one of Kenya’s pioneer civil engineers, Nelson Awori is a renowned surgeon who performed the first Kidney transplant at Nairobi Hospital in 1978.

    Dennis Awori is a former Kenyan ambassador to Japan as well as chairman for Toyota Kenya.

    An undated file image of Aggrey Awori
    An undated file image of Aggrey Awori