Death has robbed Acholi sub region, northern Uganda and country of Lt. (Rtd) Mzee Otema Awany, father to NRM’s Richard Todwong and Lt. Gen. Charles Otema Awany, and lawyer Thomas Lapyem Awany.
His death was revealed by one of his sons, Dr. Todwong on Wednesday. Deceased son says their father died from Gulu Independent Hospital, in Gulu town.
“Friends, we lost our lovely dad this morning from Gulu Independent Hsp. Death is old yet new every time it strikes. This one is truly heavy and deep to us as a family. We thank all of you for the condolence messages that are coming. You are making us have the strength we needed to go through this. Burial arrangements will be communicated. Rest well Mzee till we meet again,” Todwong announced on his Facebook wall.
Many well wishers, using social media condoled with bereaved family. City Lawyer, Makmot Adam Kibwanga of Makmot Kibwanga & Company Advocate wrote;
“Lt. (Rtd) Mzee Awany father to Lt. General Charles Otema Awany, Hon. Dr. Richard Todwong, and Lawyer Thomas Lapyem Awany and many others; grandfather to many successful young men and women; father-in-law to many distinguished personalities; friend to many; and a respected elder has passed on this morning.
“I got to know Papa Awany closely when I was retained as a family lawyer by Gen. Otema. He was a caring and dotting father who attended most of the court cases I conducted on behalf of the family as he supported his children, never minding that some of these children are decorated army generals and national leaders – some ministers and others members of parliament. He might have retired as an army officer but remained on duty as a father throughout his life until death. A tentative program seem to suggest that he will be laid to rest next Tuesday but this is subject to family confirmation. Pray for his soul and for the whole family in this trying moment. Rest In Peace.”
Julius Enyalu – a political analyst/activist from Soroti had this to say: “He was man of the people, humble and approachable. He mentored and gave guidance to young people regardless of their political, religious, tribal backgrounds. I’m one of the people who benefited from Mzee Awany’s mentorship. I will surely miss Mzee Awany.”
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