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Serere County MP Patrick Okabe, wife perish in Budaka accident

According to police, the pair with their driver cruising in a Toyota V8 Land Cruiser UBK 995F collided with an Isuzu Fuso truck registration number KCX 0710.

RIP. Serere County MP Hon Patrick Okabe is dead. Photo/NewVision

BUDAKA, UGANDA; Serere County Member of Parliament (MP) Bishop Patrick Okabe and his wife Christine Okabe have perished in a Monday morning road crash in Budaka along the Mbale-Tirinyi road.

The pair together with their driver only identified as Jacob were travelling to Kampala when their vehicle, a Land Cruiser registration number UBK 995F collided with an Isuzu cargo truck registration number KCX 071K at Nabowa trading centre in Budaka district. 

Hon Okabe died on the spot while his wife succumbed to injuries on the way to Mbale Regional Referral Hospital.

Traffic Police Spokesperson ASP Faridah Nampiima Monday said the driver is currently admitted in critical condition at Mbale regional referral hospital, while the truck driver took immediately after the incident.

“The cause of the accident has been attributed to the Isuzu box body driver who drifted from his side to the side of the Land cruiser that was coming from Mbale heading to Iganga and had a head-on collision,” ASP Nampiima said. 

The accident scene where Bishop Okabe was involved in a head-on collision with a Kenyan truck at Naboa along Mbale-Tirinyi road on Monday morning. Photo | Courtesy

This website has further established the MP was travelling to Kampala for Parliament business when the incident occurred.

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Mr Joel Namisi, a Junior Pastor in Faith Ministries founded by Mr Okabe confirmed the death of his boss and said his body is now lying at Mbale Hospital mortuary pending further autopsy.

The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Thomas Tayebwa eulogized the MP as a true voice of reason, an author, a passionate believer in God and a peacemaker.

”Extremely sad to comprehend the passing on of Hon. Patrick Okabe, MP Serere County. A true voice of reason, an author, a passionate believer in the Almighty and Peace Maker. Hon. Okabe has died at a time when we needed him most! Condolences to the family,” Tayebwa said in a Monday tweet.

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The late MP is also the founder of Faith FM in Mbale city and Rhema High school in Soroti district.

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