By Frank Lukwago, New Vision/NECJOGHA
Kampala, Uganda – The Commissioner in charge of the Climate Change Unit in the Ministry of Water and Environment Chebet Maikut has passed on.
Maikut died on Wednesday morning after complaining of ill health.
Alfred Okot Okidi, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Water and Environment confirmed saying the cause of death remains unclear. He said the family told the Ministry that Chebet Maikut died on the way to Hospital in Kapchorwa.
Chebet returned to the country on Monday from New York, US where he was part of the government delegation that attended the UN summit on climate change. After return he immediately left to attend to his sick mother in Kapchorwa and was expected back in Kampala on Wednesday.
At the time of his death, Chebet Maikut was the chairperson of the Board of Uganda National Adaptation Fund, an in-country organ of the International United Nations Adaptation Fund and the National Focal Point Person for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change ( UNFCCC).
Chebet Maikut served as a Member of Parliament and a Member of the Constituent Assembly that established Uganda’s post-independence Constitution, a Member of DuPont’s Biotechnology Advisory Panel and a Senior Fellow of Synergos. He has also served as a Member of the Interim Panel of Eminent Experts to the Global Crop Diversity Trust.
On Thursday night a wake was held at Chebet’s home in Kyebando, Kampala from where the casket was expected to be taken to Kapchorwa for burial.
Chebet, 59 has left behind a widow and seven children.