KOBOKO. Koboko district council has paid tribute to the fallen male councillor representing the older persons.

Masimo Geriga Ayile who also doubled as the chairperson social services committee of Koboko district local government succumbed to heart failure on Saturday.

Ms Florence Likico, the daughter to the deceased said her father collapsed during a nature call in the family toilet.

According to the postmortem report, Ayile died of heart failure, a condition caused as a result of high blood pressure.

However, councillors on Monday eulogized Ayile with many describing him as a happy man who has never wished people bad.

Ms Grace Goro, the secretary for social services said the late was an ambassador of development and unity for the people of Koboko district.

"As a youth leader in the district, I’m really touched by Ayile’s death because he has been a fatherly honorable councilor to us. His demise means that we have lost a mentor who has always been guiding us about council business," Ms Tima Fikra Zulaika, the Koboko district female youth councillor said.

Mr Emmanuel Olaboro Ejuku, the deputy chief administrative officer said Ayile’s death has left a big gap in Koboko as he has been one of the instrumental persons in decision making in the district.

"It is a real moment of sadness to us as Koboko district because we have lost a historical leader who has been working for the interest of the people he serves," Mr Olaboro said.

Meanwhile Mr Haruna Sebi, the chairman of the older persons’ council of Koboko said Ayile was one of the people who fought hard for Koboko to become a district.

Borne in 1956 from Kuluba clan, late Ayile went to Nyaravur primary school and later Angal secondary school in Nebbi district.

After his secondary education, he joined business as a Kampala based businessman during Idi Amin Dada’ s reign until 1979 when he went into exile in South Sudan.

On returning home in 1988, late Ayile served as the local council one (LC1) chairman of the current Keri central village in Kuluba Sub County and was later sent to the district to represent Ludara Sub County to Arua district council when Koboko was still a county under Arua.

From 2001 to 2004, the late served as the political assistant to late Francis Ayume, the then Koboko County Member of Parliament and also the Attorney General of Uganda before he died in 2004.

From the time Koboko was curved from Arua district, Ayile has been representing older persons in the district until he died on Saturday December 8, 2018.

He was laid to rest on Monday at Teremunga Catholic church cemetery in Koboko North division, Koboko Municipality.