The Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) party has postponed the 6th annual Milton Obote memorial lecture that was due for November 16 at Apollo Hotel (commonly known as Sheraton Hotel).
Her son and Lira Municipality Member of Parliament, Jimmy James Akena broke the news of his mother’s ill health and noted that she had been hospitalised with a chest infection.
“By virtue of this situation, we will not be able to host the Milton Obote Memorial Lecture earlier scheduled for 16th November,” Akena posted on his Facebook page Saturday afternoon.
The statement did not provide further details but noted that the 82-year-old, first admitted on November 4, had been shifted to an unnamed high dependence unit.
“The medical team are now assessing the possibility of her suffering from viral pneumonia and such that last night, 9th November, she was moved to the High Dependency Unit for closer monitoring. The medical team is working competently towards restoring her good health,” added Akena.
Many Ugandans and friends of the family on reading Jimmy Akena’s facebook post, sent in words of sympathy and emotional wishes for quick recovery for the former First Lady Miria Kalule Obote.
The Milton Obote Memorial lecture is an annual event organised by Friends of Apollo Milton Obote association and was this year scheduled to run under under the theme, ‘The role of the public sector in national development’.
Obote died in exile in a South African hospital in 2005. He was two-time President of Uganda (1966-1971; 1980-1985) and twice deposed by the military. He also served as the first Prime Minister of Uganda in the post-independence period of 1962-1966.
During the annual lecture last year, controversial Kenyan political commentator, lawyer and former director of the Kenya School of Law, Patrick Loch Otieno Lumumba known for speaking truth to power gave a keynote in which among others, he said, Age limit is midlife crisis which can be resolved by discussions and not fighting.