Late Elangot had close relationship with Obote family – Akena says

Last Updated on: 10th November 2021, 05:00 pm

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  • Robert John Elangot was former secretary and deputy governor Bank of Uganda
  • He died aged 87 last week on Saturday, according to his daughter Faith Elizabeth Akiteng
  • The deceased served as secretary Bank of Uganda between 1971 and 1981
  • Served as deputy governor from 1981 to 1986
  • He died from Kampala Hospital after battling with illness since 2015
  • John Robert Elangot will be laid to rest on Saturday, 13th November 2021 in Serere District.

Kampala – 10, November 2021: Uganda Peoples Congress (UPC) party President Jimmy Akena Obote has mourned Elangot, describing him as “a senior citizen”, “public servant” and “UPC member.” He also described the death as “a shock”.

“The sad news about the death of late Elangot found me at the UPC Cabinet and Parliamentary Group Retreat, but I had to excuse myself and link up with his family! This was because of the close relationship he had with Dr. Apolo Milton Obote and family,” Akena told media on Wednesday.

He said he was fortunate to have had the opportunity to give his personal tribute to Robert Elangot during the swearing-in celebrations at Mama’s place.

According to Akena who is also the Lira City East Division MP, when multi-party politics was restored in 2005 and he returned as a refugee, Robert Elangot was one of my appointed guardians.

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UPC leader and Lira City East Div MP, Jimmy Akena has mourned Elangot John Robert. File photo.

“When it came to elections in 2006, there were some difficulties or challenges. I had just lost my father, just came from exile and I did not have all that I needed, but Uncle Bob stood firm with me despite many of his colleagues who totally opposed!”


He added: “Late Elangot was an economist and a dedicated public servant who worked diligently in both local and central government.”

Akena recalled that his uncle served in different senior portfolios which include; Arua Labour Officer–West Nile as his first appointment in 1955, Labour Officer–Fort portal, Administrative Secretary–Teso African Local Government, Administrative Secretary–Teso District, Ass. District Commissioner–Lango District Local Government, Secretary Bank of Uganda from 1963 to 1972, Secretary Uganda Development Bank (UDB) from 1972 to 1976 and Deputy Governor of Bank of Uganda from 1981 to 1989.

The deceased also served as Chairman/Board Member on; Nyanza Textile Mills (NYTIL), UDB, Uganda Commercial Bank (UCB), Cairo Bank, Micro Finance Support Centre and UCC Soroti, among others.

“He was a good committed party member who offered both advisory and consultancy services. He also served in the Milton Obote Foundation (MOF), the economic arm of the Party,” Akena recalled.

Joining in 1967 and then replacing Erisa Kironde in 1981 as a Permanent Governor, Member of the Board of Trustees where he served until 2009, Akena said, “We acknowledge that his passing on is a loss to the family, UPC fraternity, Teso Sub-region and the entire country.”

“I pay tribute to the late Robert Elangot for his loyalty to the Party and dedicated service to the nation and his notable legacy will live to be emulated.”

On behalf of the UPC members and my own behalf, “I send our deepest condolences to his family, UPC fraternity and the entire nation especially the people of Teso Sub-region. I understand that this is a very difficult situation, but I pray to the Almighty God to strengthen the family and go through this sad moment.”

“I promised uncle Elangot to deliver in any given capacity in the political arena and I will live to do so,” Akena added.

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