casket-703x422The Cathedral sadly lost one of its luminaries, Mzee Prof.Alexander M. Odonga, Mrs. Janet Odonga’s dear husband of sixty six (66) years and father of her eight surviving children. The Cathedral expressed its deepest sympathies at the funeral service here and was represented at the funeral.

We fondly remember him as one of the first Africans to worship here, since the late 50s and as a person who all these years fully participated in the life and activities of this Cathedral. Prof. Odonga regularly attended the 7.30a.m Service and lately, the 11.30a.m. Service too! He also participated actively in the Cathedral Annual General Meetings where his well reasoned and thoughtful contributions were much sought after. He also served on many Church founded institutions like Mengo Senior School where he was Board Chair for 30 years; the Joint Medical Stores and the Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau.

We also give thanks to God for his illustrious career in the medical profession where he truly excelled as a practitioner, teacher and regulator of this profession. We salute him and recognize that the medical profession and the health sector as it
stands today owes a big debt of gratitude to him!

We indeed learnt at the funeral that Prof. Odonga as a Student leader proposed to then Governor to Uganda – the introduction of cash crops for Northern Uganda; extension of the raIlway line to Northern Uganda which was implemented and extended to Pakwach and establishment of a model secondary school in Northern Uganda, which is the current Sir Samuel Baker!

His legacy, service to humanity, patriotism and Pan- African spirit are firmly imprinted on us all and he was indeed a blessing!
It is our prayer that the family finds comfort and sustenance in the words of Isaiah 26:3 NIV: “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.”

May the family experience God’s presence and comfort, at this trying time because Prof Odonga has rested in the Lord!

The Very Rev. Canon Micheal Mukhwana