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PHOTOS: Hundreds Mourn Ex ‘President’ Wacha Olwol

The casket containing the remains of the late Wacha at his ancenstral home in Lira on Sunday, May 7

The funeral ceremony of departed former Presidential Commissioner, cialis 40mg Mzee Yoweri Hunter Wacha Olwol, is underway at the deceased’s ancestral home in Lira district.

The Church service started at exactly 10:00am, followed by the viewing of the body at 10:30am.

President Museveni is expected as the Chief Mourner at the funeral taking place in Amach sub county, Erute South county, Lira district.

At the age of 94, Wacha died on the morning of May 2, 2017.

Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda described Wacha as one of the “distinguished sons of this country who played a significant role in our nation’s history.”

Mourners attending Mzee Wacha's funeral ceremony in Lira on May 7

Mourners attending Mzee Wacha’s funeral ceremony in Lira on May 7

From a teacher in different schools and service in several Government Departments, and later, as one of the country’s representatives who went to London in 1961 to negotiate for Independence from Britain, Mzee Wacha-Olwol later, became a member of the three-man Presidential Commission that led the country following the removal of President Godfrey Binaisa from power in May 1980.

Other Commissioners were Justice Polycarp Nyamuchoncho and Justice Saul Musoke.

Rugunda praised Wacha-Olwol and his colleagues, for “providing titular headship of the State and keeping the country together” during a period characterized by political instability, insecurity and jostling for power.

Ministers Ecweru and Lokodo graced the function

Ministers Ecweru and Lokodo graced the function

Several high ranking government officials including Ministers Betty Amongi, Musa Ecweru, Simon Lokodo; Solicitor General Francis Atoke, Mama Miria Obote among others.

After handing over power to President Milton Obote in December 1980, Mzee Wacha-Olwol continued to serve this country in many other important positions–as Chairman of the Uganda Advisory Board of Trade, Member of The Central Tender Board, and Deputy Chairman of the Public Service Commission.

He also served as Chairman of the Lango Community Association from 1986 to 2000.

Maama Miria Obote with her daughter-in-law Minister Beti Amongi at the ceremony

Maama Miria Obote with her daughter-in-law Minister Beti Amongi at the ceremony

Born to Rwot Erieza Olwol and Atat Loi Akullo, on 19th November 1923, in Loro Sub County, in the present day Oyam District, Wacha- Olwol, attended Loro Preparatory School from 1931-1935.

He would later join Boroboro Central School between 1936-1938.

From Boroboro, he joined Kabalega Secondary School in Masindi from 1939 to 1941.

When Junior Secondary III Leaving Examinations were introduced in 1941, Wacha- Olwol was among the first to sit the exams, earning himself admission at Kings College Budo from 1942 to 1944.

He then joined Mukono Teacher Training College, graduating as a teacher.

He later went to the United Kingdom in 1958, for a one year course in Social and Public Administration, graduating with a Diploma.

Rugunda remembered Mzee Wacha-Olwol as an “effective administrator, a peacemaker, a patriot and a gentleman who rose from humble beginnings to national prominence and leadership.”

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