The Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Kampala, Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, 68, has died, the Secretary General of the Uganda Episcopal Conference, Msgr John Kauta has said.
He was reportedly found dead in his room this 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,” said Fr Pius Male Ssentumbwe in a statement released on this (Saturday) afternoon.
“Further arrangements will be communicated later,” he added.
Dr Lwanga’s last public appearance was yesterday (Friday) participating in the way of the cross as the chairperson of the Uganda Joint Christian Council (UJCC).
Born in 1953, at Kyabakadde Village, in Naggalama Parish, in Mukono District, Lwanga attended Kyabakadde primary school before joining Nyenga Seminary in 1964.
Between 1972 and 1974, he studied at Katigondo National Major Seminary, in the present-day Kalungu District.
He then studied Theology at Ggaba National Seminary, in Kampala and in 1979, he joined the University of Clermont-Ferrand in France where he studied administration and languages, with particular emphasis on administration.
Later, he studied at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome wherein 1994, he earned a doctorate in Canon Law.
He was ordained a priest on April 8, 1978 at Rubaga Cathedral by Cardina Emmanuel Kiwanuka Nsubuga.
Lwanga served as a priest of Kampala Archdiocese until November 30, 1996.
He was appointed the first Bishop of the Kasana-Luweero Diocese in 1996.
In 2006, he was appointed the third Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Kampala to succeed Cardinal Emmanuel Wamala who resigned.
Lwanga has been known to be vocal and has on several occasions taken a swipe at government over its excesses and violation of human rights.