New details of the last days of Serere County lawmaker, Bishop Patrick Okabe, continue to emerge.
Bishop Okabe passed on together with his wife on Monday after they were involved in a fatal car accident. in a triple tragedy, his mother died after receiving the news of her son’s passing.
According to reports, in his sermon on December 18th, 2022 at the Mbale city-based cathedral, a day before the accident that claimed his life, Okabe preached a message under the theme; “What you have been waiting for has come to pass.”
Bishop Okabe was the head of Impact Ministries, a Pentecostal organisation.
The reports add that Okabe’s Sunday theme was derived from St. Paul’s letter to the Galatians, chapter 2 verse 20. “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me”.
Leo Mukula, a chief usher at the cathedral is quoted saying Bishop Okabe’s preaching was unusual as he only shared the sermon for a couple of minutes, which was never the case as his sermons usually run for an hour.
He adds that the sermon was extraordinary because many people converted to Christianity when he made the alter call.
Another church member, Shedrack Mwambu, an elder, says that on the same Sunday, Bishop Okabe launched the Impact Women’s Sacco, which is meant to empower female members of his congregation, and donated Shillings 2 million out of the 5million he promised the group as startup capital.
Mwambu explains that the way Bishop Okabe was executing his Sunday duties was so unique. “Having several meetings with different church groups like the youth, women, men, and church elders in one Sunday, this could have been a sign that he is leaving us,” Mwabu told Uganda Radio Network in Mbale.
He explains that the death of Bishop Okabe and his wife Christine Okabe is a big blow to Impact Ministries, saying they have lost two ministry pillars. Joan Tracy, a youth leader at Impact Ministries says Okabe and his wife have impacted the lives of the many youths in the church through youth-related programs like counseling and providing financial support.
There has been an outpouring of emotion and grief with many praising Bishop Okabe’s legacy.
Felix Mwesigwa, another Christian at Impact Ministries says the late Bishop had a get-together function and handed gifts to children.
Bishop Okabe died Monday at Naboa along the Mbale-Tirinyi road when a Kenyan truck rammed into his vehicle on his way to Kampala. His wife, Christine Okabe died while being rushed to Mbale Regional Regional Referral Hospital where their driver is currently battling for his life.
Parliament will on Thursday, 22 December 2022 hold a special sitting to honour Hon. Patrick Okabe.
Additional reporting by URN