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Akii-Bua's Mother Passes On At 104

Imat Salume Angwech Bua, the mother of Uganda’s first Olympic Gold medalist John Akii-Bua, has passed away in Lira town. She died on Wednesday evening at the age of 104.
Imat Salume Angwech Bua, the mother of the late John Akii-Bua, Uganda\'s first Olympic gold medalist.

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Imat Salume Angwech Bua, the mother of Uganda’s first Olympic Gold medalist John Akii-Bua, has passed away in Lira town.

Angwech, the mother of nine children who has been living in her home village at Abako Sub County in Alebtong district, died on Wednesday evening at the age of 104.

She died at the home of one of her sons, Paul Sunday Bua at Iredha village, Central Division in Lira town where she was brought some months back when her health condition worsened.

The deceased’s family became popular after her third-born child, John Akii-Bua, stunned the world by winning a gold medal at the Munich Olympics in September 1972. Akii-Bua, the former police officer died in 1997 aged 55. It would take 40 years for Uganda to win another gold medal at the Olympics when Stephen Kiprotich won the Marathon at the 2012 edition in London.

Sam Ageta Bua, Angwech’s son says their mother died of natural causes adding that her body has been taken to Lira military barracks for preservation pending a decision by the clan on when she will be buried.

The deceased’s husband, the late Rwot Bua Lucepo, died in 1965.

She lived a simple life and preferred mainly to live in the village teaching her grand children.

In May this year, URN interviewed Imat Salume Angwech Bua who requested President Museveni to build for her a house.

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Ajuri County MP Denis Hamson Obua says the deceased was a heroine in the region.

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