By Our Western Correspondent
Archbishop Paul Kamuza Bakyenga of Mbarara Archdiocese has revealed that the novel corona virus lockdown halted fallen Archdiocesan priest Fr Odomaro Mutungirehi from going abroad to acquire medical treatments.
“Father was supposed to return to India to seek medication but he couldn’t travel due to the lockdown brought up by novel corona virus effects,” Archbishop Bakyenga revealed.
Bakyenga was speaking at the send off funeral Mass celebrating the life of Fr Odomaro earlier today at Nyamitanga Cathedral – Mbarara. He praised the deceased as a priest who was loved by the people in all his pastoral parishes.
Born on 17th October,1963, Fr Odomaro has died at 57yrs. He was ordained into Priesthood on 17th July,1993.
Its recalled that after World Health Organization declared Corona virus a pandemic, most countries of the world declared total lockdowns and international travels were the most affected since Airports were closed down.
These declarations have greatly impacted economies and healthy of the people who travel to seek for special treatments abroad. Fr Odomaro Mutungirehi fell a victim of the lockdown as he was unable to travel thus resorting to local treatments.
Fr Odomaro passed on in the night of Saturday April25th,2020 at Nsambya hospital in Kampala where he’s been hospitalized for almost three weeks.
He has been known of Intestinal cancer which he was diagnosed with in 2019 in India.
Priests, bereaved families and the laity Catholics attended the funeral Mass amidst heavy police deployments which was meant to enforce the presidential directives on social distancing restricted on funerals.
Up on his death time, he has been serving as the Deputy HeadTeacher Bishop Ogez High school, and one of the curate priests at St. Kagwa parish all in Bushenyi district.
Fr. Odomaro’s body was later laid to rest at Nyamitanga Archdiocese sanctuary in Nsikye Nyamitanga Hill.