Government has released the programme for for the burial of Mzee Joel Hunter Wacha-Olwol, a former member of the 1980 Presidential Commission, who passed away today in Kampala.
Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah, says the office of the Prime Minister has informed his office that the deceased will be accorded a State Burial.
According to Jacob Oulanyah, Wacha-Olwol died at Victoria Medical Hospital in Kampala. By time of filling this news his body was being transferred to Mulago Hospital for autopsy. He was 93.
Jacob Oulanyah says government is to take full responsibility of his burial arrangement and will lay in state Friday.
Wacha-Olwol was a member and head of the three-man Presidential Commission that governed the affairs of the state of Uganda between May 22 and December 15, 1980. This was after the Military Commission headed by Paulo Muwanga and deputised by Yoweri Museveni overthrew the government of President Godfrey Binaisa.
The other members of the presidential commission were Justices Saulo Musoke and Polycarp Nyamuchoncho. It is this commission that handed over power to President Milton Obote after the controversial December 12, 1980 general elections.
Wacha-Olwol started out his career as a teacher at a rehabilitation centre in Lira, before joining the then Lango African Local Government at the beginning of 1953 as a clerk to the Lango District council. After his studies in the United Kingdom from where he graduated with a Diploma in Social and Public Administration, he was appointed the district council secretary.
He was later elected on the delegation from Lango that attended the two constitution conferences in London that paved the way for Uganda’s Independence in 1962.
Wacha-Olwol was moved from Lango to Kitgum in August 1963 as an assistant district commissioner for Kitgum before replacing the late Oboth Ofumbi as district commissioner for Acholi. Ofumbi had been transferred to Entebbe as secretary to the cabinet from where he would become a cabinet minister during the Amin government. Ofumbi was together with another minister Lt. Col Erinayo Oryema and Archbishop Janani Luwum killed in February 1977.