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Kaziimba: Archbishop Lwanga was a Voice for Poor and Oppressed

“The way of the cross ends not in death, but in the resurrection. Even in our shock and grief today over Archbishop Lwanga’s untimely death, we recognize that he continued his personal way of the cross last night until the fullness of resurrection which awaits all of us who put our trust and faith in Jesus Christ,” said Kaziimba.
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The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, the Most Rev. Dr. Stephen Samuel Kaziimba has eulogized the late Archbishop of Kampala Archdiocese Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga as a person who advocated for the poor and oppressed.

He was addressing journalists at his residence at Namirembe following the sudden death of Dr. Lwanga with whom he led the ecumenical way of the cross at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Namirembe on Good Friday.

“The way of the cross ends not in death, but in the resurrection. Even in our shock and grief today over Archbishop Lwanga’s untimely death, we recognize that he continued his personal way of the cross last night until the fullness of resurrection which awaits all of us who put our trust and faith in Jesus Christ,”  said Kaziimba.

He condoled with all Ugandan Roman Catholics following Dr. Lwanga’s death he described as shocking. Kaziimba said that the late Archbishop was a voice for the poor and oppressed and was committed to Christian unity and justice.

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Rt. Rev. Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira, the Bishop of Namirembe Diocese also condoled with the Catholic community and the nation. He said that they have lost a brother in the ministry but thankful to God for the time Dr. Lwanga has lived, gifts he had and what he was able to accomplish during his lifetime.

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Joshua Kitakule, the Secretary-General Inter-Religious Council of Uganda (IRCU) said that as co-chair on the Council, Dr. Lwanga always stood for truth, the marginalized and always spoke against injustices.

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The Executive Secretary of the Uganda Joint Christine Council (UJCC), Rev. Fr. Constantine Mbonabingi said that the late Archbishop has been the Chairperson of UJCC for close to four years now and that his death is a big blow to the council.

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The Secretary-General of Uganda Muslim Supreme Council-UMSC, Haj Ramathan Mugalu also described the death of Dr. Lwanga as a great loss to Uganda.

"We condole with the Catholic Church upon the death of Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, the Archbishop of Kampala Archdiocese, “he said.   Adding that, “We join the entire nation to mourn his passing and indeed Lwanga has died at the time when we needed him most as a distinguished ambassador of peace, harmony, and defender of human rights and values.” 

Dr. Lwanga, 68, was found dead on Saturday at his residence at Lubaga, according to the Secretary-General of the Episcopal Conference Monsignor John Baptist Kauta. He was the third Archbishop of Kampala ever since the Metropolitan see was created in 1966 when the pope merged part of the Diocese of Kampala and the Archdiocese of Rubaga.

Lwanga succeeded Cardinal Emmanuel Wamala when he resigned in 2006 after clocking the mandatory 75-years of age.  Before his appointment, he had served as the first ordinary of the Kasana-Luwero Diocese. Born in 1953, Lwanga attended Kyabakadde Primary School. 

He entered Nyenga Seminary in 1964.   Between 1972 and 1974, he studied at Katigondo National Major Seminary before joining Ggaba National Seminary for his theological studies.  In 1978, he has ordained priest at the age of 25.  

The following year, he was admitted to the University of Clermont-Ferrand in France, where he studied administration and languages. Later, he went to the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome, wherein 1994, he earned a doctorate in Canon Law.