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Museveni grants Wamimbi, Aliker official burials

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President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has granted official burials to recently fallen two great citizens; Former Umukuka of Bamasaba Wilson Wamimbi and Ex-Minister, Dr Martin Aliker.

The announcement was made by Milly Babalanda, Minister in charge of the Presidency.

“His Excellency the President of the Republic of Uganda, Gen (Rtd) Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, has granted an official burial to the following recently deceased eminent persons: Former Umukuka of Bamasaba Wilson Wamimbi and Former minister, Martin Aliker,” Babalanda revealed.

She mourned, “We extend sympathies to bereaved communities and families and pray for the souls of the deceased loved ones to rest in eternal peace!”

Umukuka has been the chief elder of Bugisu. He was also a former Chairman LCV of the then Mbale District which comprised the following districts today, Mbale, Mbale City, Sironko, Manafwa, Bududa, Bulambuli and Namisindwa.

He was also briefly appointed Uganda’s Ambassador to Canada before he returned home to be elected the first Umukuka of Bugisu. The Umukuka is the Chief Elder of the Bagisu or rather known as Bamasaba who are found both in Uganda and Kenya.

Dental surgeon and businessman, Dr. Martin Aliker died yesterday. At the time of his death, he was the Chancellor of Victoria University, Uganda, a private institution. Dr. Aliker served as senior adviser to the President of Uganda and has sat on the boards of directors of nearly forty Ugandan companies.

Aliker was born in Gulu District on October 21, 1928, to Rwot Lacito Okech and Julaina Auma, the daughter of Musa Ali, the first ordained Anglican priest in the region of Acholi. He attended Gulu High School for his primary education before transferring to Kings College Budo for his O-Level studies.

Starting in the 1960s, Aliker began buying shares in blue chip companies, including the Uganda Commercial Bank and the National Insurance Company. As of October 2014, Aliker was a shareholder in the following publicly traded Ugandan companies: Stanbic Bank Uganda, Uganda Clays Limited, Nation Media Group, National Insurance Corporation, and East African Breweries, among others.

He sits on the boards of many of these companies and is the chairman of Uganda Clays Limited.  From 2004 until 2014, he served as the founding chancellor of Gulu University, a public university. He was also the best man to President Milton Obote.

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