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.
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.
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.