Kampala—12, July 2020: The remains of Ambassador Christopher Onyanga Aparr arrived in Uganda yesterday (Saturday) from Geneva.
He was Uganda’s Head of Mission and Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other international organizations.
His death was confirmed in early June this year by his colleague, Ambassador Adonia Ayebare, Uganda’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, New York.
Whereas Ugandans and people of Lango sub-region where he comes from were expecting his immediate sendoff, few days or a week after reaching home, his burial has been postponed.
“He shall be laid to rest after the family completes the 14 days quarantine,” Uganda’s envoy to United Kingdom (London) and Ireland, Ambassador Julius Peter Moto told this publication on Sunday evening.
The decease’s family – among them his wife and children also travelled yesterday but were soon quarantined by Ministry of Health.
Sam Aakai Ayumu, a cousin to late President, Dr Apollo Milton Obote, has eulogized Ambassador Christopher Onyanga Aparr. Below she wrote:
“I was deeply saddened to learn from media reports, later confirmed by our Uganda High Commissioner to London, HE Julius Peter Moto, about the untimely death of my old boy, Ambassador Onyanga Apar, RIP.”
“Aparr, Jolly Francis, Adupa Ekwang and I were each awarded a full academic scholarship by the then Lango Education Committee in 1965. The three of us joined Teso College, Aloet, whose motto was ‘Aijanakin ka arimarit’ (Service and Obedience). I think the three of us, in our different ways, have lived by that Motto. Aparr’s exemplary career as a civil servant and a diplomat is an eloquent testimony. Chas W Freeman Jr. might have been referring to Aparr, when he wrote in ‘The diplomat’s dictionary’ that “a diplomat is someone who lessens tension and promotes understanding”.
How his name Aparr came about.
According to Ambassador Moto, the deceased colleague told him thus: “I was so good in mathematics. The main text was “School Mathematics” authored by H.E. Parr. He used to get 100 percent for all questions set in the book. Students nicknamed him Onyanga Parr hence the name Aparr came into play later on.”