Mary Lawinyo Luwum, wife to former Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, Janani Luwum has died, Archbishop Stanley Ntagali said on Tuesday.
Mary Luwum was 93 at the time of death. She is said to have passed on at around 9pm at International Hospital Kampala (IHK). She succumbed to cancer of the gallbladder.
“With deep regret, Archbishop Stanley Ntagali has announced the death of Mama Mary Luwum, the wife of Church of Uganda’s martyred Archbishop Janani Luwum,” a statement by the Church of Uganda reads.
Archbishop Ntagali said, “Mama Mary has been a faithful witness to her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ for many years. Like her husband, her testimony has inspired many and will live on. We commend her to her Lord and pray for their family and all who grieve her passing.”
The deceased will be remembered as not being ashamed of the Gospel. She supported her husband’s decision to not flee Uganda when threatened by former President of Uganda, Idi Amin.
That decision ultimately led to his martyrdom on February 16, 1977. In the 42 years following her husband’s assassination, she continued to dedicate her life to preaching the Gospel and supporting the social-economic growth of the Church of Uganda.
The Church of Uganda’s recently dedicated Janani Luwum Church House commercial building on Kampala Road in Kampala is named after her husband. They shared a common vision for a self-sustaining and spiritually vibrant church.
In 2015, President Yoweri Museveni, declared February 16 a public holiday in memory of Archbishop Janani Luwum’s martyrdom and his faithful and sacrificial service to the church and the country.
Mama Mary Luwum is survived by six children and many grandchildren.