The Foundation will focus on providing college and university scholarships to students with stellar academic credentials, especially young girls. Jennifer Akello, a first year student at Kyambogo University is the first scholarship recipient pursuing Bachelor of Procurement and Logistics Management.
and friends of the late freedom fighter, Barbara Ann Allimadi, backed by the
Alliance for National Transformation – ANT party on Sunday launched a
foundation in Gulu City to sanctify and uphold her legacy of activism .
Allimadi who died at the age of 47, rose to fame in 2012 following her solidarity defiant
bra protest with Ingrid Turinawe, an official of the Forum for Democratic – FDC
party women’s league wing during the walk to work demo.
other female civil rights activists protested against police at Kampala Central
Police Station by publicly displaying open their bras to condemn an act of brutality. However, in April 27, 2020 she was discovered dead at her apartment in
Kiwatule, a suburb of Kampala.
Emeritus of Kitgum Diocese McLeod Baker Ochola who led a funeral mass at Palema
Crown Hotel to eulogize Barbara on her first anniversary, described the late
Barbara as a star who stood firm for justice and peace for all Ugandans.
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elder brother Milton Allimadi revealed that as siblings, they always warned the
late to step aside from frontline activism due to the high handedness of the
NRM government against unrelenting opponents.
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connected to the luncheon event virtually from New York City, USA observed that
the family rolled out Barbara Allimadi Foundation – BAF to preserve and promote
Barbara’s noble vision of fighting to promote freedom and democracy.
Nonetheless, Dr. Olara Otunnu, a long
time friend to the Allimadi family noted that parents in Acholi and Uganda at
large must invest in the education of the girl child to reproduce more freedom
fighters like late Barbara Allimadi.
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ANT President Maj. Gen (Rtd) Gregg Mugisha
Muntu, who delivered a key note address at the event lauded the late Barbara Allimadi for being principled, assertive and a concrete pillar
upon which the party was formed.
described Barbara Allimadi as a focused and relentless political and human
rights activist whose commitment and broad networking and mobilization ability
had started to antagonize the ruling National Resistance Movement - NRM regime
under President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
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Several dignitaries including cultural,
religious, political leaders including members of the academia attended the Foundation’s
launch. Up to 6,650,000 million shillings was raised in pledges to support BAF.aa
will focus on providing college and university
scholarships to students with stellar academic credentials, especially young
girls. Jennifer Akello, a first year student at Kyambogo University is the
first scholarship recipient pursuing a Bachelor of Procurement and Logistics
Allimadi, was also the ANT party’s Secretary for International Affairs
coordinating Ugandans in the diaspora. She was the daughter of Erifasi Otema Allimadi, who
was Uganda’s Foreign Minister and later 3rd Prime Minister in UPC
government led by Apollo Milton Obote between 1980-1985.