President Museveni has expressed sorry at the passing of Winnie Madikizela Mandela, former wife to South Africa’s first black president Nelson Mandela.
“Very sorry to hear about the death of comrade Winnie Mandela,” he said in a moving eulogy on Tuesday.
He added: “I salute her contribution to the resistance in South Africa, especially during the time Mzee Mandela was in prison. May her soul rest in peace.”
The South African anti-apartheid hero who died the age of 81 was in January this year recognised and awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws by Makerere University for her contribution towards the fight and eventual elimination of apartheid in South Africa.
Makerere University had wanted to recognise Winnie Mandela in August last year during the Nelson Mandela Commemorative Lecture, but the office of the vice chancellor received information from the South African High Commission in Kampala that she was not able to travel due to ill-health. Instead, it is her granddaughter Zoleka Mandela who attended the event.
Makerere’s Doctor of Laws (LL.D) is awarded in recognition for public service by eminent statesmen, administrators and lawyers.
Winnie Mandela has been a member of the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress (ANC).