After taking part in the ecumenical way of the cross at Namirembe cathedral on Friday, Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga returned to Lubaga a jovial man, looking forward to this weekend’s Easter celebrations.
No one anticipated that he had made his last public appearance. And as Kampala archdiocese woke up on Holy Saturday, it was sad news coming from the Archbishop’s residence.
“With deep sorrow, I hereby inform you that our beloved Shepherd, the Archbishop of Kampala, His Grace Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga has been called to the house of the Lord,” Rev. Fr. Pius Male Ssentumbwe, the diocesan chancellor said in a statement.
“The Archbishop was found dead in his room this morning,” the statement further read.
Dr. Lwanga has been known to be battling hypertension and diabetes for a long time, and it is suspected that these could have caused his death.
About seven years ago, he collapsed while leading an ordination mass at Lubaga cathedral and it’s his predecessor, Emmanuel Cardinal Wamala who stepped in to conclude the event.
Earlier than that, he felt too weak to lead Christians in the Christmas mass that the Bishop of Lugazi, Rt. Rev. Christopher Kakooza who was then still serving as the auxiliary Bishop of Kampala, stepped in.
Kizito Lwanga was born 67 years ago on January 19, 1953 at Kyabakadde village near Naggalama in Mukono district.
He attended Kyabakadde Primary School before joining Nyenga Minor Seminary in 1964.
In 1972, he enrolled for philosophical studies at Katigondo National Major Seminar in Masaka Diocese before joining St. Mbaaga Ggaba National Major Seminary for theological studies.
He was ordained a priest on April 8, 1978 at Lubaga Cathedral by the late Emmanuel Cardinal Nsubuga and a year later 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.
In November 1996, he was appointed as the first bishop of Kasana – Luweero Diocese and took canonical possession of the diocese on March 1, 1997.
On August 19, 2006, he was appointed Archbishop of Kampala, replacing Cardinal Wamala who had retired.
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