Family, Friends, colleagues and the wider Entebbe community converged at the Bugonga Catholic Parish Church on Thursday to bid farewell to George Otim, a senior citizen in Entebbe Municipality who succumbed to multiple organ failure on Sunday in Nsambya Hospital where he had been admitted for close to three weeks.
While delivering their Eulogy to a fully packed congregation of mourners, George Austin Otim’s siblings described their elder brother as a brilliant agricultural economist who formulated projects for the World Bank, African Development Bank (ADB), Food and Agricultural organization (FAO) and European Union (EU) among others at the Ministry of Agriculture where he worked as an assistant commissioner planning from 1972 to 2010 when he retired.
“He was a wise, out-going, generous and loving husband who truly loved his catholic faith. He spearheaded the formulation of several projects for the World Bank, EU, FAO and African Development Bank. He was also instrumental in the formulation of the plan for the Modernization of Agriculture (PMA). He was an ardent member of the Bugonga Catholic Parish Church choir. He served on the boards of St. Agnes Primary School and Gulu University”, Late George Otim’s siblings told the congregation of mourners.
“He was a humble man who loved unity and loved his catholic faith. The Late George Otim was my mentor at the Ministry of Agriculture where we both worked. He retired with a clean record because he shunned corruption. He was always in charge of several resources at the ministry but he never at any one time divert or misappropriate them for his benefit”, Gideon Obbo, George Otim’s long time friend disclosed.
George Otim joined the Sacred Heart Choir in the 1980s as an organization secretary, a role he played well. He was the Choir’s chief problem solver and contributed generously to the Catholic Church.
The Children described their late Dad as a humble man who lived a simple and down to earth life.
On her part Grace Otim, described her late husband as a brave man who never wallowed in self pity.
“I thank God for the life of George. George was a brave man who never had time for self pity. He promptly paid school fees for the children; he always paid school fees for the Children during the holidays and provided for them. I thank God for the kind of man George has been to be. I thank my Children for standing with their father while he was sick. I also thank all the friends and relatives for their moral, financial and physical support they gave us while my husband was hospitalized”, Grace Otim described her late Husband.
At the end of June, the Late George Otim who resided along queen’s road in Entebbe was first rushed to Emmanuel Medical Clinic in Entebbe in a very critical condition after he lost appetite and was transferred to Nsambya Hospital for more medical treatment where he died.
The Late George Austin Otim died aged 67 years and is survived by a widow, grown up children and grand children. He will be laid to rest in Alokulum village, Gulu district on Saturday.