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Bishop Magezi Contributed to Spirituality of the Church -Archbishop Kazimba

Archbishop Stephen Kaziimba was today speaking at the funeral service for Bishop Benon Magezi at All Saints Cathedral, Nakasero. The Service in which a portrait of the late Bishop was displayed was restricted to only 20 invited people while other Christians followed via Zoom.
The late Bishop Benon Magezi.

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The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, the Most Rev. Dr Stephen Samuel Kaziimba has described the late Bishop of North Kigezi Diocese as a person who contributed to the spirituality and the development of the Church.

Kaziimba was on Thursday speaking at the funeral service for Bishop Benon Magezi at All Saints Cathedral, Nakasero. The Service in which a portrait of the late Bishop was displayed was restricted to only 20 invited people while other Christians followed via Zoom.

Bishop Magezi succumbed to Covid on 15th June at Mulago National Referral Hospital.

“We have lost a father, a man who has been very passionate about what he was doing. We are losing a man in the House of Bishops who always contributed to the spirituality and the development of the Church. Always been passionate about things to do with development, money matters…that everything should be done the way it should be. We are going to miss him,” Kaziimba eulogized the late Magezi.

The Archbishop also noted that losing such a man who has been a father, husband, counsellor, board of trustee of the Church of Uganda, a Bishop of a Diocese has posed difficult days for him and the Church at large.

“As a church, we are hurt also, because early this year we lost Bishop Alphonse Watho-kudi for Nebbi who succumbed to Covid-19. And we lost also, Bishop Remelia Ringtho the retired Bishop of Madi and West Nile Diocese. And this is the third Bishop we are losing,” Kaziimba recounted.

He added that besides these, the Church has also lost many clergies in the past weeks to Covid and that this is a hard time for everyone. 

Kaziimba appealed to Ugandans to be vigilant saying that Covid is real and not politics as sounded by some people.

“It’s about life. And I want to call upon all God’s people to go for vaccination if you have not. We want to live. And I want to encourage you that online Ministry is the way to go. Prayers and counselling online… cannot be the same as before. But this is the way to go. We have to be flexible and learn to adjust. This is business unusual, we cannot operate the same way as we used to do,” the Archbishop appealed to Clergy and Christians.

He also appealed to Christians in North Kigezi Diocese to remain united and work together amidst the loss of a Bishop. Kaziimba says that this is not the time for diversions and trouble among Christians but rather a time for harmony and extending a helping hand to each other.

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“I need your prayers as well because whenever a diocese falls vacant, that means that, that diocese comes back in the office of the Archbishop. I have a diocese in Nebbi, Kumi and now North Kigezi. I also have the diocese of Kampala and a position as Archbishop of the Church of Uganda. I need your prayers and your support, Kaziimba appealed. 

Gladys Magezi, the widow said that the family and the Church will miss the late Bishop whom she described as a husband, mentor, father and loving person.  

“I thank God but this is the end of life. We were together, we worked together for many years in teaching the word of God but it is time for him to leave. I appeal for prayer and support in this new chapter of my life,” she said.

Representing government, Jim Muhwezi, the Minister of Security designate said that it was a sad day to mourn a young bishop. 

“I bring condolences from His Excellence the President, he was saddened by this shocking news. Bishop Magezi has been very developmental, he started very well by undertaking a huge project and his death has been very untimely,” said Muhwezi.

The former Minister of Health recounted that on 4th June, he received a call from the Head of the Laity that the Bishop was unwell in Mbarara and needed to be transferred to Kampala urgently. 

“I quickly talked to the Chief of Defence Forces who authorized the helicopter to go to Mbarara and bring the Bishop. He was taken to the Women Hospital at Mulago and later in the morning of the 5th, I think he developed complications and he was transferred to ICU so that he gets the support of what the doctors called high flow nasal cannula. I think it is a machine that gives oxygen more than other methods of giving oxygen. And he told me he was doing well, oxygen circulation was between 92 and 95 percent,” said Muhwezi.

He noted that it was very shocking when news of the Bishop’s death came in since the doctors had reported improvement in his health.  Muhwezi delivered Shillings 20 million condolence to the widow from the President.

Muhwezi added that Covid-19 is the biggest security threat currently and appealed to Ugandans to strictly follow the Standard Operating Procedures.

The late Bishop Magezi is to be laid to rest tomorrow Friday 18th at Emmanuel Cathedral, Kinyasano, Rukungiri.  

Bishop Magezi was consecrated and enthroned as Bishop on 8th January 2017 at Emmanuel Cathedral, Kinyasano, Rukungiri. He had recently launched a major fundraising campaign to expand the Cathedral and the church’s ministry in the Diocese.  

Bishop Benon Magezi grew up in a Christian home and attended church regularly with his family. During a Mission Sunday at his local church in 1981, he received Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Saviour and was born again. The following year he left teaching and began full-time ministry as a parish youth worker.  

Before he was elected Bishop, he served as Diocesan Treasurer of North Kigezi Diocese. He has ordained a deacon in December 1991 and a priest the following year.

In 2009, he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Divinity from the Bishop Tucker School of Divinity and Theology at Uganda Christian University, Mukono, in 2009, having earned both a Certificate and Diploma in Theology from Bishop Barham Theological College in 1990 and 1998, respectively.

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