LYING IN STATE: Deceased Toroma County MP Cyrus Amodoi.

Toroma County MP Cyrus Amodoi is dead. Parliamentary sources said he was among the nine people killed in an accident involving a truck and two commuter taxis at Kitigoma, along the Kampala-Jinja highway last night.

A former soldier-cum-politician, before joining politics Amodoi once served in President Yoweri Museveni’s security detail, the then Presidential Protection Unit (PPU).

Also dead are Ms Mary Goretti Nafula, the Lunyo Sub-County councilor to Busia district council, Mr Peter Shimiyu, Secretary Mbale district service commission and his Budaka district counterpart, Jerome Negule. The accident also claimed a lady who was returning from her Master degree graduation at Nkozi University.

The late Amodoi becomes the second MP to die in office in the 10th Parliament this year, following Moroto Woman MP Annie Logiel who passed on in Denmark mid last month.

The deceased held a Bachelors of Education from Makerere University, and a diploma in counter-terrorism.

The accident occurred when two taxis that were heading to Eastern Uganda collided with a lorry that was heading to Kampala in the night.