By Spy Uganda
The sad news reaching our desk indicates that the former State Minister for Environment Jesca Eriyo is dead.
The announcement has been made by the Minister for Presidency, Milly Babalanda who said Eriyo who was 52yrs old succumbed to cancer in Texas.
“I regret to announce the death of a member of the Board of USPC, former Minister of State for Environment, and Dep. Sec. Gen. EAC, Hon. Jesca Eriyo, who has died in Texas, USA. Our prayers are with family and friends. MHSRIE,” Babalanda Tweeted.
Who Was Jessica Eriyo?
Jessica Eriyo was a Ugandan educator, social worker, politician and diplomat. She served as the Deputy Secretary General of the East African Community, (EAC) responsible for Productive & Social Sectors.
She was appointed to the above position on 30 April 2012. She served a three-year term, renewable once. She replaced Beatrice Kiraso, another Ugandan, who served in that position between April 2006 and April 2012.
Background & Education
Jessica Eriyo was born in Adjumani District on 26 August 1969 and holdsa degree of Bachelor of Arts in Social Science and a Diploma in Education. She also holds two certificates; a Certificate in Project Planning and Management and a Certificate in Computer Science. Her degree of Master of Arts degree in Development Studies was awarded by Makerere University.
In 1994, she worked as a high school teacher at Kololo Senior Secondary School in Kololo, an affluent suburb of Kampala, the capital city of Uganda.
Between 1998 and 1999, she was a teacher at Our Lady Consolata Senior Secondary School. She served as the District Population Officer in Adjumani District, from 1999 until 2001. She entered politics in 2001 contesting for the parliamentary seat of Adjumani District Women’s Representative.
She won and was again re-elected in 2006 on the National Resistance Movement political party ticket. In 2006 she was appointed State Minister for the Environment, serving in that capacity until she was dropped from the cabinet in a cabinet reshuffle on 27 May 2011. Also, on 18 February 2011, she lost her parliamentary seat to Jesca Ababiku, an Independent.
In April 2012, Jessica Eriyo was appointed Deputy Secretary General for Productive and Social Sectors at the East African Community.