By Aliga Izama
Bishop Patrick Okabe, the Serere County Member of Parliament has died in a motor accident.
Bishop Patrick Okabe, the Serere County Member of Parliament has died in a motor accident with his wife along Mbale Tirinyi en route to Iganga.
Bishop Okabe was involved in a head-on collision with a Kenya truck Reg. No. KCX 071K while driving with his wife and driver to Kampala in his V8 Landcruiser Reg. No. UBK 995F at Naboa along Mbale-Tirinyi road on Monday morning.
Okabe died on the spot while his wife Christine Okabe died shortly after being admitted at Mbale Regional Referral Hospital. The Driver only identified as Jacob remains in critical condition at the same hospital.
Mr. Joel Namisi, a Junior Pastor in Faith Ministries, which Okabe started, confirmed his boss’s death, saying his body is lying at Mbale Hospital mortuary.
He told this reporter that the truck lost control and crashed into Bishop Okabe’s vehicle.
“We lost him in times we needed him,” Namisi said in a WhatsApp message. The late Okabe is also the founder of Faith FM, a Christian radio in Mbale city, and Rhema High school in Soroti.
The traffic police spokesperson ASP Faridah Nampiima, blamed the accident on the Isuzu box body driver who drifted from his side to the side of the Landcruiser that was coming from Mbale heading to Iganga and had a head-on collision.
“The driver of the Fuso box body is on the run after causing the accident,” she said in a statement.