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UPC President Honors Dr. Mathew Lukwiya as a Hero :: Uganda Radionetwork
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UPC President Honors Dr. Mathew Lukwiya as a Hero

Addressing UPC supporters in Kitgum municipality during a consultative meeting, which coincided with the party's Hero's Day celebration in Kitgum, UPC President Jimmy Akena praised Dr. Lukwiya for his bravery and embodiment of the true spirit of UPC.
UPC party president addressing supporters in Kitgum (Photo by Immaculate Amony)

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The Uganda People's Congress (UPC) party president has honored Dr. Mathew Lukwiya for his selflessness and sacrifice in saving others, hailing him as a true hero. 

Dr. Lukwiya, a native of Kitgum district, served as a medical superintendent and is remembered for his courageous efforts in combating the deadly Ebola virus, ultimately losing his life while treating infected patients.  

Addressing UPC supporters in Kitgum municipality during a consultative meeting, which coincided with the party's Hero's Day celebration in Kitgum, UPC President Jimmy Akena praised Dr. Lukwiya for his bravery and embodiment of the true spirit of UPC.   

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Akena criticized the current education system, highlighting the unfair remuneration disparity between science and arts teachers. He promised to offer equal opportunities to both teachers and children to cultivate more individuals like Dr. Lukwiya.   

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Dr. Lukwiya is a testament to what our education system should aim to produce. As UPC, we must stand up and make a difference for Uganda's future. I am committed to leading this change from the front. 

Akena emphasized UPC's commitment to transformative leadership, stating, "As UPC, we must stand up and make a difference for the future of Uganda. Therefore, as a leader of UPC today, I have made a decision that we are going to make that difference, but I am not going to lead from behind."  

Chris Ongom, UPC Northern Vice Chair, urged the Acholi people to unite with the Lango people to propel UPC forward, reminiscent of the alliance between the late President Milton Obote and Peter Oola from Acholi land to end British colonial rule.    

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Similarly, Okwera Richard Ojara, the Mayor of Kitgum municipality and a former NRM member argued that the unity and hope fostered by the people of Lango should be nurtured to enable UPC's return to power.  

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During the meeting, Akena welcomed five members of the ruling party, including a former RDC, who have joined UPC. These new members are set to contest various electoral positions under the UPC ticket in the 2026 elections.