Mary Luwum, the wife to late Janani Luwum, the archbishop of the Church of Uganda between 1974 and 1977 was on Saturday afternoon laid to rest at St Paul Church of Uganda, Wigweng village, Mucwini Sub-county in Kitgum District.
There were ululations as the casket was being lowered into the grave amid a gun salute by Uganda Police Force and playing of the taps.
Speaking during the burial, President Museveni in a message delivered by the Prime Minister, Dr.Ruhakana Rugunda said the life of Mrs. Luwum is one that should be emulated by all Ugandans noting that she was a role model to many.
“She has been a role model to many Ugandans with a legacy that all of us have to emulate. As we grieve her demise, let us also celebrate her life that was filled with a lot of meaning and purpose,” he said.
“The loss of Mama Mary is a great loss for the nation.”
The Rt. Rev. Professor Alfred Olwa, Bishop of Lango Diocese who represented Archbishop Stanley Ntagali as the main celebrant at the burial service preached the gospel of hope after resurrection, asking Christians to work for heaven.
“Mama Mary lived a life of faith knowing where she would be at the end of her life. Where will you be at the end of yours,” he said.
The Deputy Chief Justice Alphonse Owiny-Dollo urged locals in Northern Uganda to forget the atrocities committed against them during Idi Amin’s era as President.
“Our children should not inherit the anger, hatred, shame, misery, and frustration we have from such tragedies committed against us, we should forgive them and embrace them as our own,” Owiny-Dollo said.
Mary Luwum, the widow to former Archbishop of the Church of Uganda Janani Luwum died two weeks ago at the age of 90 in Kampala.
Her husband, Archbishop Janani Luwum, was killed by goverment soldiers in 1977 during Idi Amin’s government.