By Cecilia Okoth and Mary Karugaba
THE Deputy Vice Chancellor Bishop Stuart University, Mbarara Rev. Dr. Solomon Nkesiga has passed on at the age of 55.
Nkesiga was the husband to Rev. Diana Mirembe Barlow Nkesiga the Vicar of All Saints Cathedral Nakasero.
According to James Abola, the People's Warden at All Saints Cathedral, Nkesiga passed away in the early hours of Tuesday at Kampala Hospital.
He said although the family has not yet received the certificate of death, Nkesiga has been battling cancer of the liver for sometime.
"I dont want to speculate on the cause of death because we have not yet received the death certificate. The body is still at the hospital but we will communicate all the details later" he said.
He described the late Nkesiga as a very knowledgeable person, an effective minister of the gospel, researcher and author who loved people genuinely.
Abola said the church is yet to make arrangements for the deceased's burial and funeral.
Former Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, Henry Luke Orombi, decribed Nkesiga as a very focused theologian and a good teacher of God's word.
"I have just returned from preaching the Gospel at Bishop Stuart University and I was planning to go and brief him on what the Lord had done. Unfortunately he has passed on before I could do that. I worked with him at All Saints and he was great at team player," Orombi said.
L-R: Bishop Edward Muhima, Rev Solomon Nkesiga, his wife Rev. Diana Nkesiga and Ruth Ssenyonyi as the Nkesigas celebtrated their silver jubilee.
The couple had just marked their silver jubilee in marriage in November last year.
During their interview with New Vision last year, Rev. Diana described her husband as an intelligent dad.
"I thank God for giving me Solomon as my husband. At home I call him King Solomon. He looks serious and quiet in his glasses. But he has a rich sense of humour. At his jokes, we fall off our chairs laughing.
Solomon is a gentle guy, soft spoken. He is that kind of guy who quietly steals your heart when you look at him," She said.
Nkesiga said her husband had been sickly but the church always prayed for them and carried them.
During the interview late last year, Solomon was passionate about marriage and noted that many marriages have broken because couples often lack a shared vision.
"They pull their resources in different directions. I thank God that Diana and I have had a shared vision. We pooled our resources together. Using our pension from South Africa, we bought six acres in Buddo, on which we built our residence and Phumla Retreat Centre which supports families through counseling and youth activities. Stressed clergy also come to pray."
Nkesiga is survived by a widow, and four children, Ignatius Nkesiga, Themba Nkesiga, Edith Nagawa and Evelyn Namugumya.
He was born on February 5 1960 in Kihihi, Kanungu district.
Details to follow