Pioneer Leaders of Kasana-Luweero Diocese Mourn Dr. Kizito Lwanga

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Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, the now fallen Archbishop of Kampala Archdiocese was the pioneer Bishop of Kasana-Luweero Diocese that was established on November 30, 1996. He was elevated to Archbishop in 2006.
03 Apr 2021 17:12
Fr. Emmanuel Ssekyanzi Lyevuze, the Kasana-Luweero Diocesan Vice Chancellor speaks to Archbishop Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga during the latter's visit to Kasana-Luweero in 2019

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The former leaders of Kasana-Luweero Diocese are mourning the sudden demise of His Grace Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, the pioneer Bishop of the diocese. The Chancellor of Kampala Archdiocese, Fr. Pius Male communicated the prelate’s demise in a statement issued on Saturday morning.  

"With deep sorrow, I hereby inform you that our beloved Shepherd, the Archbishop of Kampala Archdiocese, His Grace Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga has been called to the House of the Lord. The Archbishop was found dead in his room this morning. We pray that the Almighty and Merciful God may grant him eternal rest," the statement read in part.    

Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, the now fallen Archbishop of Kampala Archdiocese was the pioneer Bishop of Kasana-Luweero Diocese that was established on November 30, 1996.  He was elevated to Archbishop in 2006. As a result, Msgr. Matthias Kanyerezi was appointed Diocesan Administrator for two years until, Rt. Rev. Paul Ssemogerere was consecrated second Bishop of the diocese in 2008.

The sudden news of Lwanga’s death has shocked the people of Kasana-Luweero. It comes a day after they watched on social media platforms, partaking in the Ecumenical Public Way of the Cross in Kampala. Uganda Radio Network spoke to some of the people who worked with the deceased Archbishop during his tenure at Kasana-Luweero Diocese.

They can’t forget his Latin theme “Urt ubent vitam”, literally meaning that; “I have come, so that they breathe new life” he started with his administration. This was premised on the aftermath of the 1981-86 NRM Bush war, which had left the populace impoverished and in total ruin.  

Charles Nsereko has served as a Catechist in Kasana-Luweero for 26 years. Nsereko, who doubles as the Executive Secretary in the Diocesan Lay Apostolate Office, says that the then Bishop Lwanga through Caritas Kasanaensis, the Diocesan social development arm, invested heavily in among other things markets to fight poverty in the area partly caused by the war.     

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Rev. Fr. Joseph Nsereko, the first Pastoral Coordinator of Kasana-Luweero Diocese says that Lwanga caused massive development in the Diocese. He says that he worked tirelessly through among others evangelization, to console the people of Luweero following their experience in the Bush war.

By the time he was appointed Archbishop, he had among others, refurbished the Kasana Cathedral and right opposite it, he had constructed a Multi-purpose building named KALUDO Complex to help the Diocese acquire more revenue for social development. 

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When contacted by URN, Rev. Fr. John Mary Mpoza and Peter Sserubombwe, the first Chancellor and Leader of the Laity in Kasana-Luweero Diocese under the leadership of Bishop Lwanga, said the sudden demise had rendered them speechless.