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 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
“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
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
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,
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
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
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.