President Yoweri Museveni has directed an official burial to be accorded to the former State Minister for Primary Education, Joyce Mpanga who died on Saturday, November 18.
The Minister for Presidency, Milly Babalanda announced Museveni’s directive that the fallen former minister be honored with an official burial for her selfless contributions to the government and the country.
Mpanga, a former member of the Buganda Lukiiko where she served as the Minister of Women in Development from 1988 to 1989 and later as the Minister of State for Primary Education in central government from 1989 to 1992 died over undisclosed illness at the age of 90.
According to the official burial programme released by the Buganda Kingdom, Mpanga’s burial arrangements started with a service and vigil at the deceased’s residence at Lungujja, Rubaga Division-Kampala on Sunday.
On Wednesday, November 22, the body will be taken to St Paul’s Cathedral, Namirembe for the main funeral service at 2 pm, and will be laid to rest at Maya, in Wakiso District on Thursday.
Mpanga’s illustrious career spanned several decades, commencing in 1958 as a dedicated teacher at Makerere College School. Her journey traversed milestones as she ascended to the position of deputy headmistress at Gayaza High School, eventually leading the teachers’ association, now known as the Uganda National Teachers Union.
Beyond her commendable contributions in the field of education, Mpanga transitioned into the realm of governance, serving as a legislator and cabinet minister. Her enduring dedication to public service was further evident in her role as a member of the Buganda Lukiiko, where she continued to advocate for the interests of her community.
Mpanga’s legacy extends to her literary contributions. Her highly-acclaimed 2019 book, It’s A Pity She’s Not A Boy, stands as a testament to her fervent desire to inspire rural girls, emphasizing that their aspirations hold immense value, irrespective of their humble beginnings.
Joyce Mpanga leaves behind a profound legacy, characterized by her tireless efforts in the realms of education, governance, and advocacy. Her unwavering commitment to empowering young minds and fostering societal progress will be remembered and cherished by many.