President Yoweri Museveni has sent a contribution of 300 million Shillings to the burial of lake Kampala Archbishop, His Grace Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga.
Lwanga who was found dead in his residence on Saturday 3rd April, was laid to rest today Thursday inside Lubaga Cathedral Kampala.
In a condolence message read for him by Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi, President Yoweri Museveni said the fallen prelate was a humble and faithful servant of God, whose noble actions and wise counsel facilitated the growth of Christian faith in Uganda and beyond.
“The late Archbishop Lwanga was a humble and faithful servant of God, whose noble actions and wise counsel facilitated the growth of the Christian faith in Uganda and beyond. Under his able stewardship, Kampala Archdiocese grew to a great proportion and continues to thrive on a solid foundation he built” Museveni noted.
The president added that Archbishop Lwanga will be remembered as the practical Christian who placed emphasis on both spiritual and physical needs of the people.
Government contributed UGX 300 million towards the funeral.
Meanwhile, Rt. Rv. Joseph Antony Zziwa the Bishop of Kiyinda-Mityana Diocese and Chairman Episcopal Conference told mourners that Archbishop Lwanga has been a Bishop for 24 years and was organizing to celebrate his 25th anniversary next year.
Bishop Zziwa appreciated all those who have helped them with organizing the funeral of Lwanga. He noted that the prelate has left a great mark on Uganda as a whole.
“Archbishop Lwanga has left a mark on the Catholic Church in Uganda as well as the social and political life of our country he used his energy to serve as a priest and as a Bishop. As the first bishop of Kasana Luweero diocese, he worked hard almost from scratch to leave the diocese where he left it” Bishop Zziwa said.
Adding that the late Archbishop has been committed to promoting the catholic church’s mission of integrating human development.
“He has done this through various initiatives which he has headed. On our part as Uganda Episcopal conference, he has been charged with some commissions of the Uganda episcopal conference, particularly Karitas, Justice and Peace” Bishop Zziwa told mourners.
In a related development, Pope Francis has appointed the Bishop of Kasana Luweero, Rt. Rev. Paul Ssemogerere as the apostolic administrator for the Kampala Archdiocese, until a new Archbishop is appointed.
The Papal Nuncio to Uganda, H.E Luigi Bianco made the announcement during the final Mass leading to Lwanga’s burial today.
May Archbishop Lwanga’s soul rest in eternal peace.