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Aliker led an exemplary and corruption-free life, says Assistant Bishop Mutebi

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The Assistant Bishop of Kampala, Rt Rev Hannington Mutebi, has described Dr Martin Aliker as a person who lived an exemplary life without being corrupt despite holding key positions in private and public offices. Dr. Aliker, 95, died at a hospital in Kampala City on Monday.

Speaking at the funeral service for Dr Aliker at All Saints Cathedral Church, Rt Rev Mutebi said that in all the time he has been in the country, he has never heard of allegations of corruption against Dr Aliker.

Rt. Mutebi said that Dr. Aliker’s journey in life started with doing good deeds and he completed it well as the Biblical scriptures guide us all.

Mrs. Camille Aliker, the widow of Dr. Aliker, celebrated her husband’s 64th anniversary.

“Those of you who are getting married, please have a partner in your marriage – a third partner – and you will succeed without a doubt, that is our Lord Jesus Christ,” Mrs. Aliker said.

Mrs. Aliker described Dr. Aliker as a complex person, but a simple man.

“He was romantic and you all know him, he was very handsome. And of course my heart melted (when he asked me to marry him) and we got married in May 1959,” she said.

She thanked President Museveni for granting her darling an official burial.

Mr. Philip Aliker, Dr. Aliker’s son, said his father was a beneficiary of education sponsorship, which changed his life, and the late Dr. Aliker has since devoted resources and time to educating many others.

“Education makes the difference for him,” Aliker said.

He said his father had great respect for the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF).

“You cannot trade without security. You can’t be chairman of a company without security. He (Dr. Aliker) thanked the UPDF for bringing peace and stability,” he said.

Great mentor
Mr Thomas Tayebwa, the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, said Dr Aliker introduced him to several key figures, who had a major impact on his life after meeting him in 2006.

Mr Tayebwa said in 2006, when he was still a member of an alumni association of Makerere University, that they wanted Dr. Aliker was to become the chancellor of that tertiary institution, but their wish failed because Dr. Aliker held the same position at another public university.

“We missed him. Since then he has chosen me and said: ‘You will be my good young friend, because you will be a friend without any other conditions.’ And we became friends,” Tayebwa said.

He said that Dr. Aliker in 2016, even as he won the parliamentary elections, visited him at his former home in Najjera, Kira Municipality of Wakiso District, and advised him to leave that area as he said it was not safe for him.

Mr Tayebwa moved to another area on the advice of Dr Aliker.

Earlier, at the wake, Mrs Aliker described her husband as a consummate professional.

“When we returned to Uganda, he started working for the government, then the colonial government and he was transferred to Mulago and he came back and said, ‘You know, these British people don’t know anything about dentistry. I’m very frustrated.’ Anyway, his frustration must have become apparent because they transferred him to the then so-called European hospital. But unfortunately he could not treat his fellow countrymen in that hospital, he could only treat the European officials, which did not suit him at all.”

Naomi Wanyama, sister of Dr. Aliker: Aliker wanted Uganda to be peaceful, he told me, when there was a small problem in 2001. He said, ‘Naomi, I am not going back to exile. I was treated very well by the president and the people of Kenya, but I always had the mark on my heart that I was a refugee. So now that I’m here, I’m not going anywhere.

Rwot David Onen Acana II: The entire Acholi cherished the resilience of Dr. Aliker and many of his brothers and sisters, who raised the bar much higher in higher education. That was imitated by all Acholi. The family of Rwot Lacito Okech, his father, was known for the first few university degrees and diplomas much earlier in the 1950s and 1960s.

General Edward Katumba Wamala, Minister of Works and Transport: I want to thank God for the life of a man of integrity, a man of dignity, a man with all those who lived his life and lived it well. We may not be who he was, but we can emulate the good things he did – integrity – that is something we are looking for as a country today.

Charles Mbire, businessman, entrepreneur and industrialist in Uganda: Dr. Martin Aliker has been a good man. He was good at making jokes and he was a great man. We are centuries apart from Martin, but he taught me a lot about Ugandan history, he knew every detail of this country. He was the kind of guy you wouldn’t want to stop talking about.

Mr Jimmy Mugerwa, Chairman Uganda Breweries Ltd (UBL): Martin served on the UBL board for 43 years, from 1962 to 2006. He is the longest serving board member we have ever had at a brewery and we attribute a large part of our success to what Martin did. When we sit in that boardroom and see Martin’s photo, you recognize that we are who we are because of him.