A partner, a leader and a friend – remembering Rwot Jeremiah Bongojane

Rwot Jeremiah Bongojane speaks during a cultural leaders dialogue between survivors of conflict-SGBV and cultural leaders from across northern Uganda on 28 April 2016 in Gulu.

Rwot Jeremiah Bongojane speaks during a cultural leaders dialogue between survivors of conflict-SGBV and cultural leaders from across northern Uganda on 28 April 2016 in Gulu.

It is with great sadness that we at the Justice and Reconciliation Project learned of the passing of Rwot Jeremiah Bongojane Patiko on Tuesday, 14 March 2017.

Over the years, we collaborated with Rwot Bongojane and his chiefdom of Patiko over the years on many key peacebuilding initiatives for northern Uganda. These included developing a road map to regional reconciliation for Lango and Acholi sub-regions, working towards reintegrating children born of war, and conducting reburials in Lukodi, according to Acholi customs and traditions.

Rwot Bongojane was generous enough to share his vast knowledge and expertise, helping us develop approaches that are both culturally familiar and relevant to the people of northern Uganda.

Rwot Bongojane was and continues to be an inspiration to many who aspire to a just and peaceful society and as we mourn his death, we also celebrate his life. May his soul rest in peace and the legacy he has set continue to reshape Acholiland and Uganda.

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