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West Buganda Christians Mourn Fallen Bishop, Godfrey Makumbi

The archbishop of the Church of Uganda Stanley Ntagali has advised that the burial of the late Bishop be delayed until after the June 3rd martyrs day celebrations, a message delivered to mourners by Canon Fred Kayondo, the Dean of West Buganda Diocese shows.
Bishop Makumbi showing URN Reporter a agreements for the construction of Church Plaza in Masaka town. File Photo

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A somber mood hangs over St Paul\'s Cathedral Kako in West Buganda Diocese, Masaka as Christians gather to mourn fallen Bishop Godfrey Makumbi.

Bishop Makumbi died last night at the Uganda Cancer institute-Mulago ending a 6-year battle with throat cancer. The body has now been taken to Nsambya Hospital by A-Plus funeral management, a company hired to manage the sendoff ceremony.

Rev. Canon Gasta Nsereko of St. Johns Church of Uganda Kijabweemi describes Bishop Makumbi as a pro-development religious leader. He says the Diocese started serious development projects, like the construction of the church plaza project along Edward Avenue in Masaka, after his consecration in January 2011.

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Yosanu Lukwago, the Chairperson of West Buganda Fathers Union says that Bishop Makumbi has been instrumental in establishment of a scheme for retiring religious leaders that would boost their incomes after service.

Gertrude Ssebugwawo , a Christian from Rakai district says the death is  a blow to key campaigns that he started. One of them is the campaign sensitizing parents to pay some money to schools for their children\'s education.

She explains that Bishop Makumbi started a school to school visit campaign during which he preached to parents in Universal Primary Education and Universal Secondary Education schools to pack food for their children.  Ssebugwawo says this campaign had started paying off in many schools in Rakai district.

Meanwhile, the archbishop of the Church of Uganda Stanley Ntagali has advised that the burial of the late Bishop be delayed until after the June 3rd martyrs day celebrations, a message delivered to mourners by Canon Fred Kayondo, the Dean of West Buganda Diocese shows.

He explains that since majority of the religious leaders will be attending Martyr\'s Day ceremonies in Namugongo, the fallen Bishop would be denied a befitting send off if buried earlier.

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Following the communication, Bishop Makumbi\'s Burial is tentatively set for Thursday June 4th, 2015 at St. Paul Cathedral Kako. The body is expected to arrive in Masaka on Tuesday for special prayers before burial.

Bishop Makumbi was born on 15th December 1962 to the family of Aidah and Eraunasani Ssebayimba in Wakiso district. He is survived by a widow and four children.