Dr Martin Aliker dies at 95

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Dr Martin Aliker dies at 95
Dr Martin Aliker

The renowned dental surgeon and distinguished businessman, leaves behind a legacy marked by his unwavering commitment to public service and entrepreneurship.

OBITUARY | Dr Martin Aliker, a titan of human medicine and business, died, friends and family sources have said.

There was no immediate cause of death but Aliker is said to have died from Nakasero Hospital.

He was 95.

Dr Aliker, a renowned dental surgeon and distinguished businessman, leaves behind a legacy marked by his unwavering commitment to public service and entrepreneurship.

Born in Gulu District on October 21, 1928, to Rwot Lacito Okech and Juliana Auma, Dr Aliker's journey towards excellence began early in life.

Educated at Gulu High School and later at King's College Budo, his academic prowess earned him a scholarship to Makerere University before embarking on studies in political science at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois, United States.

Upon completing his studies, Dr Aliker returned to Uganda armed with a Doctorate of Dental Surgery, becoming a trailblazer by founding the first black-owned dental practice in Kampala.

His entrepreneurial spirit led him to invest in numerous businesses across Uganda, cementing his reputation as a visionary leader in the country's corporate landscape.

In addition to his achievements in business, Dr Aliker was a devoted public servant, serving as a Senior Presidential Advisor and Foreign Affairs minister in President Museveni's administration.

His diplomatic acumen was widely recognised, as he undertook missions on behalf of Uganda, facilitating crucial dialogues with international leaders including Presidents Omar Al Bashir of Sudan and Muammar Gaddafi of Libya.

Dr Aliker's contributions extended beyond the realms of healthcare and diplomacy.

As the founding chancellor of Gulu University, he played a role in advancing higher education and fostering intellectual growth in northern Uganda.

Beyond his professional accomplishments, Dr Aliker's personal life was characterized by enduring love and companionship. He celebrated 60 years of marriage with his beloved wife Camille, a testament to their unwavering bond and shared commitment to family.

As Uganda mourns the loss of a visionary leader and compassionate servant of the people, Dr Martin Jerome Okech Aliker's legacy will continue to inspire generations to come.

His dedication to excellence, entrepreneurship, and public service leaves an indelible mark on Uganda's history and serves as a beacon of hope for the future.

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