The former Minister of State for Environment, Jesca Eriyo is dead. She was 52.
“I regret to announce the death of a member of the Board of USPC, former Minister of State for Environment, and Deputy Secretary General East African Community, Hon. Jesca Eriyo, who has died in Texas, USA,” said Uganda’s presidency Minister, Milly Babalanda on Friday night.
“Our prayers are with family and friends,” she added.
Eriyo has for the last few years been battling cancer. She was hospitalized at Mulago Cancer Institute before being taken to India for specialised treatment.
Born in Adjumani in 1969, Eriyo served as the Deputy Secretary General of the East African Community, (EAC), responsible for Productive and Social Sectors. She was appointed to that 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.
At the time of her death, Eriyo’s condition had deteriorated significantly. Her internal organs had been damaged by cancer.
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. MHSRIEP! BMB
— Milly Babalanda (@millybabalanda) August 12, 2022
In 1994, she worked as a high school teacher at Kololo Senior Secondary School in Kololo, an affluent suburb of Kampala.
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.
Eriyo 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.