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Archbishop Janani Luwum's widow succumbs to cancer

RIP: Mary Luwum

RIP: Mary Luwum

Mary Luwum, the widow of the former Archbishop of Church of Uganda, Janani Luwum has died. The 93-year-old breathed her last at International Hospital Kampala (IHK) on Tuesday afternoon where she had been admitted for adrenal cancer treatment. 

Tributes from Christians and leaders in the Northern Uganda district of Kitgum has been pouring in since the news of the death of her death broke. Church of Uganda Archbishop Stanley Ntagali said the deceased was a faithful witness to the Lord for many years.

He added that like her husband, Mary Luwum’s testimony has inspired many and will live on. The Church says Mary Luwum will be remembered as not being ashamed of the gospel and supporting her husband’s decision to not flee Uganda when threatened by then-President Idi Amin. That decision ultimately led to his assassination on February 16, 1977. 
Mary was transferred from Yot Kom Hospital in Kitgum district for treatment in Mulago hospital in June this year from where she was later referred to the Uganda Heart Institute. She was cleared of heart complications and referred for surgery for two weeks.     

Luwum says she was diagnosed with gall bladder stones which obstructed the proper functioning of her gall bladder.    

“She was then referred to IHK where the equipment for removing the stones were available. After two separate operations, she was diagnosed with gall bladder cancer which later claimed her life” Ben Luwum, the deceased’s first son explained. Ben said the country should celebrate his mother's life instead of mourning her death.

McLeod Baker Ochola, the former Bishop of Kitgum Diocese says Mary will be missed for her great love for the Church, family and the country. He says Mary taught the nation the true values of perseverance.         

“Mama Mary Luwum and her husband set a good foundation for the family to stand firm in the truth. I recall that the European Union, the US and even the British High Commission approached Archbishop Janani Luwum to flee into exile at the height of persecution. They both resolved to stay and die with Ugandans,” Bishop Ochola stated.    

According to Bishop Ochola, Mary Luwum had deep faith in family, love for the people and remained very faithful even in the absence of her husband. He says the deceased continued attending Church undeterred whenever she was in Kitgum.  

Awich Yose Olel, the chairperson of Mucwini Community, says Mary’s death leaves a big vacuum in Kitgum diocese where she has been serving as the mother of the Church.  

Luwum, the then Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, and Boga-Zaire, was murdered on February 16, 1977, in Kampala on the orders of President Idi Amin Dada, after he was suspected of plotting to overthrow the government. 

He was hurriedly 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 the minister for Culture. 

According to Church of Uganda and the family, on Wednesday next week at 10 a.m., there will be a funeral service at Church of the Resurrection in Bugolobi, Kampala. Her body will then be transported to Wii Gweng village, Mucwini sub county, Kitgum for burial on August 15. 


+2 #1 Lakwena 2019-08-08 13:19
93, what a life of resilience! May her soul be at peace when joins her likewise resolute husband.
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0 #2 kabayekka 2019-08-09 00:01
This is a family that has proved to all the citizens of Uganda that the State of Uganda always gets it all wrong when it arrests and takes to court suspects of treason.

The state also gets it very wrong when it kills those it suspects to oppose it just because the military rulers of the State of Uganda want to stay put in power for life.

It is unfortunate that despite the Uganda Military Supreme Council allowing President Amin to rule this country until he dies in 1976, it failed to happen. God bless this Acholi family.
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0 #3 kirya 2019-08-12 17:44
RIP you have provide witness to many .
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