EDITORâ€”I send my condolences to the parishioners of Rutoma Church of Uganda, the people of Kanyandahi and Toro for the death of Mr Phillip Muhangazima Atwooki.
I know you are missing one of your biggest and most generous contributors, and I hope the loss of this great man does not lead to the underperformance of the church he belonged to and cherished.
Atwooki and I worked together for many years in the building of this wonderful house of prayer. I will deeply miss his friendship, love, and advice. Atwooki was a true elder of our village, Kanyandahi. He was a good friend of my late father, Mr. Samuel Bacwa Akiiki.
I remember vividly, that after his retirement in the medical field, he brought his skills and knowledge to serve the people of Kanyandahi. For the Bacwas, he was a family physician who treated us in those difficult days of the 1980s, when medicine was scarce and transport from Rwaihamba to the nearest hospital was almost impossible. Life was hard.
He generously gave the milk from his cows to almost every new-born child in the village whose family could not afford the cost. In 1998, he inspired and challenged me to get involved in the building of Rutoma Church of Uganda. He affirmed and supported every successful aspect of my life, let it be in school performance or my labour at home. He gave me credit for the things I did.
I have made a token contribution in memory and thanksgiving for the life of my dear friend and mentor, Phillip Atwooki Muhangazima. This donation is specifically to cover the pledge to Kasisi Church of Uganda for the building of the parish priestâ€™s house.
I wish I could do more to honour the life of this great man in my life but I am limited by resources. Nonetheless, I am praying, and I ask you to pray along with me to the Almighty God, so that He can enable us to continue the legacy of men like Phillip Muhangazima.
Samuel Murangi Akiiki
Phillip Muhangazima was a great man