Museveni: Luwum was a True Example of a Leader

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In short
In a message delivered by Vice President Edward Sekandi during the national event to mark 40 years since Luwums death, Museveni said there can be no better example of the kind of leader the people of Uganda deserve. He also calls upon Ugandans to emulate Luwums humility and steadfast vision for a better Uganda.

President Museveni has described the late Archbishop Janani Luwum as an exemplary and visionary leader whose example ought to be emulated.

In a message delivered by Vice President Edward Sekandi during the national event to mark 40 years since Luwum's death, Museveni said there can be no better example of the kind of leader the people of Uganda deserve. He also calls upon Ugandans to emulate Luwum's humility and steadfast vision for a better Uganda.

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Archbishop Stanley Ntagali revealed that the provincial assembly of the Church of Uganda drew its inspiration to name the Church House in Kampala opposite the Bank of Uganda as Janani Luwum House. This, he says, is in recognition of Luwum's service to the people of the world. 

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The national memorial event was attended by thousands of Christians some of whom flocked to Mucwini, the final resting place of the archbishop on foot from Gulu and others from as far Nigeria. There was also a delegation from the United Kingdom led by two bishops, Michael James Nazir-Ali, the retired bishop of Rochester Diocese and Mike Hill, the Bishop of Bristol.

Other key guests at the event were the Prime Minister of Uganda Rt. Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda, the deputy speaker of parliament Jacob Oulanyah, Archbishop John Baptist Odama of the Gulu Catholic Archdiocese, and the Paramount Chief of the Acholi David Onen Achana III.

Luwum, the then Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Boga-Zaire, was murdered on February 16, 1977 in Kampala and is buried at his ancestral home in Wii Gweng Village, in Mucwini Sub County in Kitgum district. 

Killed together with the Archbishop were two government ministers, Charles Oboth Ofumbi for Internal Affairs and Lt. Col. Erinayo Oryema for Culture.

 

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Annet Lekuru
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