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Acholi’s oldest clan chief dies at 107

Mzee Akera Anania Kerwegi, who happened to Acholi’s oldest man has passed away. (PHOTO/File)

GULU – Mzee Akera Anania Kerwegi the Bobi clan prince of Bobi Paidwe Puranga chiefdom breathed his last from Gulu Regional Referral hospital at the age of 107 years.

He died on Friday, August 16, 2019, at around 3:00 pm after a long illness from diabetes and high blood pressure.

Ms. Irene Atek, the granddaughter of the deceased told our reporter that her grandfather has been in and out of hospital at Gulu regional referral hospital and St Mary’s Hospital Lacor for medical attention.

The late Mzee Akera was the son of late Rwot Andrea Olal Adiri who was referred to as Rwot Kalam, the Administrative Chief during British colonial period and the son to Okello Okello Mwoka Lengomoi of Bobi Paidwe Puranga chiefdom.

Ms Atek recalled that the deceased was a controversial politician and a staunch member of Uganda People’s Congress Party (UPC).

She says he will be missed for his kindly love, care and passion for commercializing farming in Northern Uganda.

He was the biggest supplier of tobacco in Uganda’s by 30 percent to the regional markets; he was also involved in cattle farming before the LRA insurgency.

Mr Ambrose Ola, Prime Minister Ker Kwaro in Acholi learned the incident with great shock. He said the Cultural institution of Acholi was not yet aware of the incident.

He noted that in 2014 when Mzee Akera celebrated his golden jubilee birthday, he was already 103 years old.

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