The Paramount Chief of Acholi, Rwot David Onen Acana II has cautioned his people to avoid “mocking the dead” for the perceived mistakes they made while they lived.
Rwot Acana noted with concern a growing trend of people “who openly rejoice when someone they deem as ‘bad’ passes away”
“It’s not in our culture to celebrate the death of any one, even when they wronged us when they were still alive,” he said.
“We should always come and mourn with the bereaved family.’’
The Paramount Chief made the remarks on Wednesday during a memorial service for Harriet Aber Saleh, the late wife of Gen. Salim Saleh.
The service was held at Tee-dam Parish in Bar-dege-Layibi division in Gulu City.
Mrs Aber was found dead in her house in September last year.
According to reports, following her death, some of the locals took to social media to celebrate her passing.
Many social media users alleged then that the deceased was a land grabber and only married Gen. Saleh because of his wealth.
However, while speaking at the memorial yesterday, Rwot Acana applauded the late Harriet for being a strong-willed woman who was focused on transforming the lives of many people in Northern Uganda
“Let us emulate the life of the late Harriet Aber Saleh who started many businesses in the region and employed many people,’’ he said.
On his part, Gen. Saleh said he was grateful for the things they managed to achieve with his wife while she was alive including their 3Children.
The General also composed soulful songs in Memory of the late wife which were later played to the mourners during the prayers.
Among the officials that attended the memorial was Ministers Jim Muhwezi, Gen. David Muhoozi, DP President Norbert Mao, Ambassador Olara Otunnu, Richard Todwong the NRM SG among others.