Ugandans and the Catholic faithful are mourning the death Kampala Archbishop Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga who was confirmed dead on Saturday morning. He was 68 years.
According to a statement from the Chancellor Fr Pius Male Ssentumbwe, Archbishop Lwanga was found dead in his house Saturday morning.
Lwanga has been serving as Archbishop of Kampala since 2006 when he was appointed to replace Cardinal Emmanuel Wamala.
He attended Kyabakadde Primary School. He entered Nyenga Seminary in 1964. Between 1972 and 1974, he studied at Katigondo National Major Seminary, in present-day Kalungu District. He then studied Theology at Ggaba National Seminary, in Kampala. In 1979, he joined the University of Clermont-Ferrand in France, were he studied administration and languages, with particular emphasis on administration. Later, he studied at Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome, where in 1994, he earned a doctorate in Canon Law
He was appointed first bishop of the Diocese of Kasana-Luweero on 30 November 1996 and consecrated bishop on 1 March 1997 at Kasana-Luweero, by Cardinal Emmanuel Wamala, Archbishop of Kampala, assisted by Bishop Joseph Bernard Louis Willigers, Bishop of Jinja and Bishop Paul Lokiru Kalanda, Bishop of Fort Portal.
On 19 August 2006, he was appointed the third Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Kampala and was installed as the third Archbishop of Kampala on 30 September 2006 at Rubaga Cathedral, succeeding Cardinal Emmanuel Wamala, who resigned.
Archbishop Lwanga was a member of the Executive Committee of the Uganda Episcopal Conference and has for long been the Spokesperson of the Bishops of Ugandan.
Archbishop Lwanga is the second member of the Uganda Episcopal Conference to die in 2021 following the demise of Rt Rev. John Babtist Kaggwa the Bishop Emeritus of Masaka Diocese in January 2021.
According to sources at Rubaga Cathedral, the seat of Kampala Archdiocese, the cause of death is not known though the Archbishop has been battling diabetes for a long time. Matters are however not being helped by running allegations from a Fred Kajubu Lumbuye on his facebook account who had on December 5th 2020 alleged that Archbishop Lwanga was the next in line to be murdered.
OOH NO DO EVERYONE STILL REMEMBER THIS POST AND DATE ON 5/12/2020.RipPosted by Fred Kajjubi Lumbuye on Saturday, April 3, 2021
Archbishop Lwanga will be remembered for his charismatic leadership that instilled economic empowerment and spiritual nourishment at Parishes and in homes of Catholics under his care.
May his soul rest in peace.