Makerere University has joined the rest of the country to commiserate with the family of renown educationist Joyce Mpanga upon her passing.
Joyce Mpanga was a prominent Ugandan politician, and Buganda Lukiiko member since 2009 and served as Minister of Women in Development and Minister of State for Primary Education. She was also a Member of Parliament from 1996 to 2001 for Mubende District.
In a statement, Makerere condoled stating;
We are deeply saddened by the passing of our very own, one of Makerere University’s Matriarchs, Hon. Joyce Mpanga. A politician, women rights crusader and educationist in the past six decades.
Joyce Mpanga was one of Makerere’s illustrious female alumni. She was a woman of many firsts, including being the first female lecturer in the faculty of education at Makerere University and Gayaza High School’s first African deputy headmistress.
May the joy and grace of the Almighty God, truly be the strength of her family and friends in this time of loss. Rest in eternal peace, Hon. Joyce Mpanga.
Mpanga was born on 22 January 1934 in Mityana, and attended Gayaza High School. After graduating from Makerere College in 1958, she went to the University of London for a Bachelor of Arts and Indiana University Bloomington for her Master of Science in 1962.
More on her life’s story is detailed in the article below by Makerere University.