GULU – Gen. Caleb Akandwanaho, a.k.a Salim Saleh has mourned his northern Uganda based partner Harriet Aber.
Ms Aber died on Wednesday, September 2, 2020, when she was discovered lifeless in her bed in the wee hours of the morning by her young children.
A popular farming investor in Northern Uganda, Ms Aber was known to be a partner and associate of Gen. Saleh, the commander of the Operation Wealth Creation (OWC) and younger brother to President Yoweri Museveni.
During the funeral on Saturday, Gen. Saleh said he had lost an intelligent and reliable partner, a mother of his children and an advocate for land rights.
A trained lawyer, Ms Aber succumbed to intestinal ulcers according to a joint autopsy report conducted by the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) and Uganda Police pathologists.
She is survived by three children aged 10.
Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah who graced the burial ceremony on Saturday mourned the death of Ms Aber as a great talent and shining star lost so soon.
At a funeral in Gulu, Mr. Oulanyah said Ms Aber, a mother of three, was an example of a gift of talent put to good use, and was robust and steadfast in her advocacy for the rights of the less fortunate in society.
“The death of such a Ugandan in her prime, has denied the country the opportunity to fully utilise her energy, diligence and hard work in the country’s transformation agenda,” Mr. Oulanyah said.
Ms Aber rose to prominence when she invested heavily in farming projects in Nwoya and Amuru, with some of her projects attracting land conflict.
She appeared before Justice Catherine Bamugemereire’s land probe and cleared the air about her projects.