For the last 15 years since his appointment and installation as Kampala Archbishop in 2006, it has always been hard to talk about the Uganda Martyrs Day celebrations and the name Archbishop Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga skips the narrator’s mind.
A man of God who ascended to the priesthood on 8th-April-1978 at Rubaga Cathedral later became the first local ordinary (Bishop) of the then new Kasana-Luweero Diocese on 1st-March-1997 following his consecration by Cardinal Emmanuel Wamala assisted by Bishop Joseph Bernard Louis Willigers, Bishop of Jinja and Bishop Paul Lokiru kalanda, Bishop of Fort portal.
Having served the diocese for close to 10 years, Bishop Lwanga was on 19th-August-2006 appointed Third (3rd) Archbishop of Kampala Archdiocese by His Holiness the Pope, Pope Benedict XI following the resignation of Cardinal Wamala Emmanuel and he was installed on 30th-September-2006 by Cardinal Emmanuel Wamala his predecessor and since then the Late Archbishop rose to fame.
With vast experience and rich with developmental ideas, the fallen Archbishop started very many projects within the diocese with an aim of boosting the financial status of the Archdiocese. Out of the many, the most outstanding are Mapeera House that houses Centenary Bank main offices at Kampala road opposite City Square and Namugongo Martyrs Catholic Shrine.
In preparation for the Pope’s visit in 2015, Archbishop Lwanga together with the Episcopal Conference of Uganda to a final and wise decision to have the Uganda Martyrs Catholic Shrine developed. The works of development were handed over to Rock Construction Company which gave the shrine the look we all see today.
This year 2021 will forever be at hearts of all Catholics particularly 3rd-April-2021 when His Grace Dr, Cyprian Kizito Lwanga was called by his creator (died). As preparations for 3rd-June-2021 take center stage, the gap of the man of God is felt and the question beneath the believers’ minds is “How will Uganda Martyrs’ Day Celebrations look like without Archbishop Lwanga?”
Always in the procession of the annual celebrations, Archbishop Lwanga always appeared among the last bishops next to the main celebrant who is always a Bishop of the leading diocese. “It is quite absurd and disturbing trying to imagine who processions will always look like without him appearing again”, says one of the believers.
And who will always make those keynote speeches after Mass that he always used to speak the truth to not only the government but also to the believers about matters of national importance.
You will always be remembered for your boldness, hardworking and love for your faith and religion, May your soul Rest in Eternal Peace dear Archbishop Kizito Lwanga.
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On the other hand, Masaka Diocese led by Bishop Severus Jumba are in the final stages of preparations of this year annual celebrations that the government and police have made it clear that it will still be scientifically celebrated with a few invitees like President Yoweri kaguta Tibuhaburwa who is expected to be the chief guest.
It should be remembered that the first ever scientific Martyrs’ Day Celebrations took place in 2020 led by the Late Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga in Namugongo Basilica following the outbreak of COVID-19. Masaka Diocese was the organizing diocese and when the virus circulated, it was shifted to lead again this year’s annual celebrations.