National Resistance Movement Members of Parliament have paid tribute to veteran politician Boniface Byanyima whom they described as a leader with rare character.

The 97-year-old succumbed to a stroke on Tuesday at Nakasero Hospital in Kampala. In a special plenary session chaired by Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga, politicians from across the political divide sat in the gallery of the Chambers as legislators paid glowing tribute to Mzee Byanyima.

Among the key opposition leaders in attendance were former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party president Dr. Kizza Besigye, Democratic Party (DP) president Nobert Mao, Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, and former DP President Paul Kawanga Ssemwogerere among others.

While moving a motion to pay tribute to the deceased DP strongman, Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda who is alsl the Prime minister of Uganda described Byanyima as a man who lived an incorruptible life that has enabled him to write a legacy for himself and his family.

Rugunda said Byanyima pioneered modern education in Uganda and played a critical role in nurturing and educating many Ugandans especially those who joined him in his journey of life.

He informed parliament how Byanyima stood his ground in the early 1960s even when most of the Democratic Party members of parliament crossed the floor to join the then ruling Uganda People’s Congress (UPC).