Earlier, Hundreds of mourners thronged Namirembe Cathedral in Kampala today to pay tribute to fallen veteran sports journalist, Andrew Patrick Luwandagga. He was especially commended for his passion to sports and his contribution to the development of Uganda’s sports industry.
Luwandagga, a former employee of Uganda Broadcasting Corporation, succumbed to heart failure on Saturday morning at his home in Namasuba, Entebbe road. He was aged 61.
Winston Agaba, the managing director of UBC and Simon Kaheru, UBC board chairman narrated some of Luwandagga’s last moments at work; an act they said was part of his true dedication to his professional work.
Sabiiti Muwanga, the president of Uganda Sports Press Association (USPA) says the sports fraternity has lost a dignified member, who mentored and molded several sports journalists in the country. Moses Magogo, the Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) President and his predecessor, Lawrence Mulindwa also lauded the late Luwandagga, for his passion towards football, having served in different leadership capacities in football clubs like S.C Villa and in FUFA. Former Prime Minister, Apollo Nsibambi said even though the bug of corruption has engulfed the country, Luwandagga was incorruptible and was never involved in scandals.
Luwandagga’s children recalled how their father was looking forward to the Uganda Cranes playing in the African Cup of Nations in Gabon and insisted that Reverend George William Kyeyune, assistant vicar of Namirembe church tasked mourners to use their time on earth to do good deeds that will be remembered by many. The late Luwandagga will be laid to rest later today at wamala-Katoke in Kawempe division. About Andrew Patrick Luwandagga
Luwandagga was born in September 21st 1955 to the late John Bayiringisa and the late Solome Nakitto.
He attended Nabagereka Primary School and later Old Kampala Senior Secondary School. He later pursued sports journalism in the United Kingdom, Italy and United States.
He served on many international sports bodies including FICTIS federation in Italy where he served as 1st vice chairman by the time of his death.
He joined UBC in 1977 where he was working as head of sports and current affairs.
He is survived by a widow, Sarah Kayemba and five children. END