President Yoweri Museveni has paid glowing tribute to the late Ananiya Akera for being an upright person who has left a legacy that all Ugandans should emulate especially in the sectors of Education, Agriculture and Politics.
The President who had just returned from some engagements abroad- South Africa, Tanzania and addressed a teachers’ conference at St. Lawrence Schools in Maya, Wakiso District before travelling to Northern Uganda – told hundreds of mourners in Along village of Bobi Sub-County Omoro District in the Acholi Sub-Region at the burial of Akera, that he had to make it a point to attend the burial in order to inform them of his testimony about the legacy of the late Akera.
Mourners included Deputy Parliamentary Speaker, Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah.
“First, he was a pioneer of education, became a teacher, a farmer and an honest politician. That is a lot of insight,” he said.
President Museveni pointed out that the late Akera abandoned his government job in favour of profitable farming venture.
“That is the message I was telling people during my recent country wide tour,” he said
He further paid tribute to Akera for the good politics he had started only to be interrupted by bad regimes that forced Akera to go in exile in South Sudan.
He, however, noted that the late Akera never relented but continued later to support the young generation that eventually brought about peace in the country.
“During the dark days, there was chaos and all the development achieved by Akera and others was destroyed. People like MP Obonyo and Martin Okello from West Nile were killed. We said we had medicine for the chaos but some elders said no to our strategy; but Akera supported us. He supported the formula of young people and peace was ushered into Uganda. That was humility. Blessed are the humble for the Kingdom of God belongs to them,” he said.
The President also reminded mourners that death was inevitable but what is important is the legacy one leaves behind.
He prayed to God the Almighty to rest the soul of Akera in eternal peace.
Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah, thanked President Museveni for personally attending the burial.
He described the late Akera as a teacher who taught prominent Ugandans and also dearly cherished education and farming.
“The life of Akera and others demonstrated that Northern Region has the potential to feed Uganda through agriculture,” he said.
One of the representatives of the family, Ms. Mary Laloyo, said her late father empowered the girl-child and thanked President Museveni for promoting the same legacy.
“As I stand, here I am empowered. The legacy our late father left behind is similar to that you have upheld, empowering the girl child,” she noted.
Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Betty Acan Aol, among others, were at the burial.
The late Ananiya Akera died at 107 years old and is survived by 69 children, 253 grandchildren and over 500 great grandchildren.