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Uganda rugby clubs say goodbye to ‘Papa’ Mileke

Top Uganda Rugby Union lay a wreath at burial of ‘Papa’ On Wednesday. PHOTOS LOUIS JADWONG

Tororo, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | A delegation representing all the Ugandan rugby clubs led thousands who participated in ceremonies as Patrick “Papa” Mileke Aredo was laid to rest at Mikiya, West Budama on Wednesday.

Mileke,58, was not only father to three players – Erasmus Aredo, Gabriel Aredo and Joseph Aredo – but was also one of the most popular rugby fans.

“The fact that all clubs are represented here shows Mileke was a friend to nearly everyone,” said the said Uganda Rugby Union (URU) representative.

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Fondly called “Papa’ by nearly everyone, he was celebrated along with wife Deborah Sifuna on July 6 when Warriors Rugby Club dedicated their National 7s Series circuit to the couple and dubbed it the Mileke 7s.

“To say Mr Aredo was a larger than life character would be an understatement. He will always be remembered as a great father and strong supporter of Uganda Rugby Union activities for both women and men playing rugby,” said Uganda Rugby Union President Godwin Kayangwe.

The cultural head of the Jopadhola, Kwar Adhola Moses Owor was represented at the burial by The Deputy Jago (deputy Prime Minster) Adrian Owor Jag, who also taught Mileke in the early years while at Nagongera Seminary.

He died suddenly on Sunday morning due to heart failure.

Deborah Sifuna says goodbye, with her three rugby-playing sons in the background. Below, rugby officials lay wreaths.

 

 

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