“He was a loving daddy who cared about his children and ensured that we have the best in life. He was a real daddy and we will miss that love
It was an emotional afternoon as the children of the Late Andrew Patrick Luwandaga told of their father's love at St Paul Cathedral Namirembe. During the funeral service on Monday, one of the children who spoke on behalf of his four siblings talked of their father's love and care, but with the strictness that any parent can have to ensure that his children get the best of his life. “He was a loving daddy who cared about his children and ensured that we have the best in life. He was a real daddy and we will miss that love. We miss you Daddy. Mummy, now that Daddy has gone; you are not only our mummy but also our daddy.
We will not abandon you and do not abandon us," said one of the children as their mother Sarah Luwandaga broke down in tears. This love was not only shown to his family but for the entire world according to Rev. James Bukomekko."He has utilized well his journey and has helped all not only his family but also the public. This evidence can be seen from here," said Bukomeko.
Indeed the church that was filled to the brim, with many mourners braving the scotching sun until the four- hour service ended and then had a chance to view his body. “We loved sports because of Andrew.
He ensured that all of us attain our best in the media and when we look back, we can say he has done a great job," said USPA president Muwanga Sabiti.
Fred Sekitto, who groomed Andrew Patrick Luwandanga as a young boy talked of his willingness to run and his administrative qualities, which saw him take over a number of leadership roles.
"I don't regret having brought him in USPA as many of us can see his fruits," said Sekitto.
Indeed when acting UBC directors asked all those that had passed through Luwandaga's hands, about a third of the church stood up to the amazement of many.
"So when people say that he has been a mentor and someone who loved people to achieve their best, there is evidence here for all to see." Indeed his love was to forge unity amongst all.
"We can only reward many by forging unity amongst all sports administrators and lovers," said FUFA honorary president Lawrence Mulindwa, who was supported by the FUFA president Moses Magogo, hailed him as a man of integrity and professionalism, which made him a darling.
This background however made sports the professionalism it is viewed as now.
"At time when sports were for the lowly, Luwandaga took over sports, loved it and made it a profession.
He gave it a great look which saw many people start taking sports seriously," said his uncle Apollo Nsibambi.
Indeed all this, was summed up by state sports minister Charles Bakkabulindi who spoke about his quality.
"He was a quality manager. He had a skill to command people in different situations. You can manage societies of different callibre of people but managing sports fans who are demanding for a goal is quite difficult but he knew how to manage them. His trademark "Bayiddee" will never be forgotten," said Bakkabulindi.
As he is laid down to his final resting place, Luwandaga will always be remembered as a man for all season in all sports.