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Otim’s daughter, Anne Alum Ogwal confirmed the death of her father to URN this morning. She said the Anglican Church will issue a detailed program for the deceased’s funeral and where he will be laid to rest.
R-Late Bishop Emeritus Melchizedek Otim with his wife (L) Joyce Otim during the consecration of third Lango Diocese Bishop Dr.Alfred Olwa at Boroboro Cathedral Headquarters in Lira district.
Rev Melchizedeki Otim, the first Bishop of Lango Diocese is dead. The Bishop Emeritus breathed his last at Uganda Heart Institute   around 3am this morning.

Otim’s daughter, Anne Alum Ogwal confirmed the death of her father to URN this morning. She said the Anglican Church will issue a detailed program for the deceased’s funeral and where he will be laid to rest.

Since his retirement, Bishop Otim has been in and out of various hospitals because of ill health. 

Born in 1934, Otim was appointed and ordained the pioneer Bishop of Lango Diocese in 1976 by the late Archbishop of Church of Uganda, Janan Luwumu. 

He served as the Bishop of Lango Diocese for 25 years until 2000 when he retired and was replaced by the Bishop Emeritus, John Charles Odur Kami in 2001.  

Jimmy Akena Obote, the Lira Municipality Member of Parliament has described the late Otim as a committed servant of God who served his time diligently. 

Akena says the deceased led a principled life even after his retirement.  Ambassador Joy Ruth Acheng says the deceased was a humble counselor and leader whose wise counsel touched the lives of many people. 

Acheng said the deceased lived an outstanding life during and after his retirement from service. Bishop Otim is survived by eight children and widow, Joyce Otim.  

His last public appearance was about two years ago during the consecration of the third Bishop of Lango Diocese Dr. Alfred Olwa at the Diocesan Headquarters.