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Prayers held for late Dr Obonyo family  


People gather at Christ the King Church to pray for the late [Daily Monitor photo]

A requiem mass for the late family of Prof Henry Obonyo is underway at Christ the King Church in Kampala.

The former Health minister [in the government of President Tito Okello Lutwa] and three family members died on January 2, 2016 after a vehicle they were travelling in overturned on Gulu-Kampala highway.

According to Daily Monitor, his wife Kevin Obonyo and their two daughters only identified as Elizabeth and Majorine also died in the accident.


Sisters: Marjorie and Elizabeth Obonyo

The bodies of the dead were taken to Gulu Referral Hospital mortuary.

Two of their grandchildren identified as Annabel Lugon and Gabriela Lugon were rushed to Lacor Hospital in Gulu in critical condition.

The accident occurred at St Thomas More in Bobi Sub-county, about 32 kilometres south of Gulu Town when the front tyre of the Super Custom van, UAU 249K burst.

Today, Thursday, family, friends, relatives and well-wishers have gathered at Christ the King Church in the capital Kampala to pray for the souls of the deceased to rest in eternal peace.


People gather at Christ the King Church to pray for the late [Daily Monitor photo]

They will later be buried on Saturday January 16, 2015 in Madi-Opei in Lamwo District where the family was headed to visit relatives.

Dr Obonyo, 77, was working and living in South London UK.

The family, according to Standard UK, had returned to the country for the first time in 30 years to visit relatives over Christmas.

Dr Obonyo was a pivotal figure in the ousting of President Idi Amin’s brutal regime during the Seventies.


Dr Henry Obonyo and his wife Kevina Obonyo

He fled into exile in Tanzania before returning to serve as health minister under President Tito Okello Lutwa before the general’s short-lived government was overthrown in 1986.

The family moved to Purley where Dr Obonyo worked as a urologist and his wife as a nurse until their retirement.

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