Mama Mary Luwum, the widow of former Church of
Uganda, Archbishop Janani Luwum has been laid to rest.
Luwum was laid to rest Saturday afternoon near the grave of her late husband,
Janani Luwum at St Paul Wii Gweng Church of Uganda in Mucwini Sub-county in
She was accorded a 30 Gun salute in a national
funeral service undertaken by Government. Mama Luwum passed away on
August 6 aged 92 after about a year of on and off illness.
She was diagnosed with adenocarcinoma in the
last week of her illness. Hundreds of people gathered to witness
her sendoff in Wii Gweng Village.
Many leaders who spoke at the funeral
described the deceased as a woman who stood on faith.
Present at the burial were the Deputy Chief Justice, Alfonse
Owiny-Dollo, former UPC party President. Dr. Olara Otunnu, legislators from
Acholi and the Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Betty Aol Ocan among others.
President Yoweri Museveni in a message read by
the Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda described Mama Luwum as a courageous
woman whose legacy will be remembered by many.
The president said even at a time her family was being
threatened by former president, Idi Amin, Mama Luwum supported her husband’s
decision not to flee the country.
Janani Luwum was murdered by Amin’s henchmen
in 1977 for his outspoken criticism of the then regime.
Museveni said Luwum’s courage made her to take good care of
her family and children long after her husband’s death.
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Museveni said the late Luwum was steadfast and committed in
her noble duties as a wife to the late Janani Luwum, both of whom have now left
a legacy worth emulating.
He added that Luwum has also been a role model for many women
in very many respects and urged those she inspired to stick to the principles
of integrity she exhibited through truth in action and words.
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Museveni said the death of Luwum has robbed the country of a
mother, friend, sister, leader, counselor and a wonderful God fearing citizen.
In his speech, Dr. Otunnu said faith
was Mama Luwum’s cornerstone upon, which she was able to overcome her troubled
past and made her achieve tremendous a relationship with many people.
even when Mama Luwum’s husband was murdered, she stood firm to take good care
of her family till she passed on.
She was a woman of great humility, she was ever
jolly, friendly and treated everyone equally irrespective of their status,” Dr.
Otunnu says Mama Luwum was very instrumental in
starting a process that led to unity and forgiveness among the Acholi and the
Kakwa Community in Koboko District whose sons are alleged to have had a hand in
the death of Archbishop Janani Luwum.
In February this year, the kinsmen from Kakwa Community in
West Nile region united with the Acholi at Wii Gweng in Mucwini Sub County
during the anniversary to commemorate the death of Archbishop Luwum.
says the move was a true testimony of forgiveness among the two communities and
reconciliation for what happened in the past and urged people not to hold the
Kakwa responsible for Archbishop Luwum’s death but rather Amin and his
The Disaster Preparedness Minister, Hillary Onek also the
Lamwo legislator asked the Church of Uganda to look into the possibility of canonizing
the deceased Mama Luwum.
Reverend Bishop Alfred Olwa of Lango Diocese who was the main
celebrant at the funeral service asked Christians to emulate Mama Luwum’s
Mama Luwum is survived by seven children, sixteen
grandchildren and twenty-one great grandchildren