A FEW hours after he led the flock in rememberance of Jesus Christ’s crucification during the Way of the cross on Good Friday in Kampala, Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, the Archbishop of Kampala Archdiocese returned to his residence in Lubaga a very strong man and in good health. His sudden death has however left many unanswered questions. Insiders say he had no known ailment.
On Friday evening, Lwanga held a few meetings in preparation for Easter Sunday Mass at the Rubaga Cathedral.
Inside his room, he recited the rosary and entered his bed. Little did he know that minutes later, he will join the crucified Jesus in Heaven at 68 years of age he had.
A very developmental and hardworking man who has spearheaded the growth of many church projects, Dr. Lwanga has followed Bishop Emeritus John Baptist Kaggwa of Masaka Diocese who died just recently. Both have been government critics on corruption and bad governance.
In a statement released by Fr. Pius Male Ssentumbwe the Chancellor Kampala Archdiocese, Lwanga has been called to the House of the Lords!
Archbishops Stephen Kaziimba (Church Of Uganda) and Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga (Kampala), lead Christians in observing the scientific way of the Cross organised by the Uganda Joint Christian Council at Namirembe Cathedral in Kampala attended by Christians from the Anglican, Catholic and Orthodox faiths.
A few hours later, Archbishop Lwanga was found dead in his bed!
Statement reads, “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 Lords. The Archbishop was found dead in his room this morning.”
Praying to the Almighty and merciful God to grant him eternal rest, Fr. Ssentumbwe has said, “We condole with all our dear People of God especially the clergy, Religious leaders and Lay faithful of Kampala Archdiocese and Late Archbishop’s family.”
“May the Almighty God strengthen us all in this very difficult time.” Reads statement from Kampala Archdiocese office.
Born on 19 January 1953 at Kyabakadde Village, in Naggalama Parish, Lugazi Diocese in present-day Mukono District in the Buganda Region of Uganda, Lwanga was appointed as Archbishop of Kampala on 19 August 2006.
He attended Kyabakadde Primary School. He entered Nyenga Seminary in 1964. Between 1972 and 1974, he studied at Katigondo National Major Seminary, in present-day Kalungu District. He then studied Theology at Ggaba National Seminary, in Kampala. In 1979, he joined the University of Clermont-Ferrand in France, were he studied administration and languages, with particular emphasis on administration. Later, he studied at Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome, where in 1994, he earned a doctorate in Canon Law.
He was ordained a priest on 8 April 1978 at Rubaga Cathedral by Cardinal Emmanuel Kiwanuka Nsubuga. He served as a priest of Kampala Archdiocese until 30 November 1996.