The late Aasmund Lakelle
It’s with deep sadness and sorrow that the Barbara Allimadi Foundation announces the passing of Aasmund Lakelle, son of Mugabe Robert, the executive secretary of the foundation.
Aasmund died after a swimming incident in Juba, South Sudan, according to Robert, who traveled there to retrieve the body. The incident occurred on February 18, 2023, at a swimming pool in Jebel Lodge, in Juba, according to the family of the deceased. The funeral is Wednesday, March 1, 2023, in Opidi-Lwala, Gulu, Uganda. To offer any support to Robert’s family in their hour of grief contact him via Whatsapp 256-772-343-012.
“Our heart goes out to Mugabe Robert, his family, and all his loved ones. We also send our condolences to the late Aasmund’s friends. This is a profound calamity; sons should always bury fathers and not the other way around,” Milton Allimadi, chair of the Barbara Allimadi Foundation said on behalf of the Allimadi family. “We will be there for Mugabe’s family.”
Aasmund, who was born on June 21, 2004, was only 18 years old. After completing secondary education at Gulu High School, he joined St. Mary’s Medical Training Institute in Juba, South Sudan.
Mugabe Robert has headed the Barbara Allimadi foundation since its launching in Gulu, Uganda, two years ago. The Allimadi family started the foundation in the memory of their beloved sister Barbara Allimadi, a renowned human rights activist and freedom fighter who passed away on April 27, 2020. The foundation provides full scholarships to young girls in universities in Uganda. The foundation currently funds four students. Barbara was the daughter of the late Alice Allimadi and Uganda’s late prime minister E. Otema Allimadi.
Barbara’s human rights activism gained wide international coverage when she led a protest against police brutality, to denounce the sexual assault of a leading woman politician, Ingrid Turinawe—a police officer attempted to drag her out of her car by grabbing her breast.
Barbara Allimadi and the other protestors confronted police officers and demanded the resignation of then police chief Gen. Kale Kayihura.
The Allimadi family also plan to sponsor male students in the future in the memory of Aasmund Lakelle, the foundation chair Allimadi announced.