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Okae’s wife Florence Akello Okae was traveling to Kampala this morning to attend to her husband when she received news of his death.
Lawrence Okae (Courtesy Photo).

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Lawrence Okae, the Uganda People’s Congress- UPC party national chairperson has died. Okae breathed his last at Naguru Hospital around 10:00 am this morning, according to his family.  

Okae’s wife Florence Akello Okae was traveling to Kampala this morning to attend to her husband when she received news of his death.

Although some of the family members say that Okae was diagnosed with pneumonia, his wife says she wasn’t aware of his illness.

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Peter Ebau, the Gweri Sub County LCIII Chairperson where Okae comes from, says that they have lost a pillar of peace in the area. Ebau told our reporter that the death of Okae was very shocking to all the residents in Gweri and Teso Sub Region as a whole.  

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Before becoming UPC national chairman, Okae contested for the Soroti County MP seat in 2001 and 2006 but lost to Samuel Anyolo and the late Peter Omolo FDC respectively.

Faizo Muzeyi, the Head of Media and Communications of the UPC Party said “SAD NEWS TO CONGRESS” in a short statement on Twitter as he announced the death of their Chairman.

He said the burial arrangements will becommunicated in due course.

Jimmy Akena, the UPC Party President said that although he didn't have details of Okae's death, he has been sick for some time.