Ugandans mourned the sudden death Saturday of veteran TV journalist Andrew Patrick Luwandagga, praising him for his pioneering work in the sports field.
Details of the cause of his death are still scanty, with initial reports saying he had collapsed and was confirmed dead at about 4.00am at his Namasuba home. Police later said they were investigating the case, and had Luwandagga’s son in custody. A post-mortem examination is yet to be carried out.
Andrew William Luwandagga, a son of the late Andrew Patrick #Luwandagga has been detained at Katwe over the alleged murder of his father.
— Joyce Bagala (@joycebagala1) October 22, 2016
Luwandagga had left his office at Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC TV) late Friday after chairing a committee preparing for Kampala’s hosting of the World Cross Country Championships in 2017.
“It’s with our deepest sorrow that we announce the death of our friend, your friend and veteran sports journalist Andrew Patrick Luwandaga. A sports icon with the highest level of professionalism departed this morning. May the almighty God rest Andrew a.k.a APL in peace,” UBC announced on twitter early Saturday.
There will be public viewing of the body at UBC gardens on Sunday at 11 am. Burial is Monday at Wamala.
Luwandagga commentated on sport for over three decades and was known for his versatility and professionalism. He also always encouraged and promoted young journalists in the trade.
He was president Uganda Sports Press Association (USPA) in the late 80s and early 90s, been Vice President of Federation of International Cinema and Television Sports and has been stadium announcer during Uganda Cranes matches.
Luwandagga was an avid football fan, admired SC Villa and was brother of musician Moses Matovu of Afrigo band.
We will greatly miss you our former President,colleague and friend. Rest in Peace Andrew Patrick Luwandaga. pic.twitter.com/Um7C43PS17
— USPAmedia (@USPAmedia) October 22, 2016
— Democratic Party (@DPSecretariat1) October 22, 2016
Andrew Patrick Luwandaga was one of few journalists who were well rounded. The dude knew a bit of every sport. Moreover with no internet.
— Talkative Rocker (@beewol) October 22, 2016
Selifie moment with former USPA presidents Fred Sekitto andJim Mugunga. Luwandaga, Kulubya n Namanya attended too pic.twitter.com/Yz3OY6RIMI
— Douglas Mazune (@dmazune) April 30, 2016
Waking up to the sad news of the passing of MR ANDREW PATRICK LUWANDAGA is like feeling an arrow go straight… https://t.co/GpLDOGsthB
— Clive Kyazze (@CliveKyazze) October 22, 2016
RIP, Andrew Patrick Luwandagga! A TV broadcast sports journo that kept on going thanks to reinventing himself…
— Robert Madoi (@robertmadoi) October 22, 2016
He referred to me as “mutabani”, I called him “Papa”.
Thank you for the memories.
RIP Mr. Andrew Patrick Luwandaga. pic.twitter.com/uHZCDzGdJo
— KABUURA (@andrewkabuura) October 22, 2016
— Frank K Tumwebaze (@FrankTumwebazek) October 22, 2016
Humble, calm and very knowledgeable anchor!! RIP ANDREW PATRICK LUWANDAGA
— DJD (@DJD_UG) October 22, 2016
I woke up to the very sad news of death of Andrew Patrick Luwandaga. It still feels like a very bad dream but he… https://t.co/gDY8E96dgJ
— Douglas Mazune (@dmazune) October 22, 2016
What more can we say other than celebrate the life of an honest, reliable, amiable and humorous man. RIP Andrew Patrick Luwandagga pic.twitter.com/ePRcstpoSJ
— Peter Hillary Kaujju (@PeterKaujju) October 22, 2016