Lwanga: Tentative Burial Programme Released

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The deceased Archbishop of Kampala, Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga will be laid to rest next Thursday, April 8.

Lwanga was found dead in his bed on Saturday morning. He was 68.

Preliminary findings show Lwanga had a heart condition.

According to the tentative burial programme released by the Catholic Church on Easter Sunday morning, official mourning  for Lwanga starts on Monday, April 5, with mass at 10:00am at Lubaga Cathedral without the body.

On Tuesday, the body leaves mulago mortuary straight to  his ancestral home at Kyabakadde along Gayaza road.

Mass will be held at 10:00am and the body will stay overnight

On Wednesday, Lwanga’s remains will arrive at Lubaga Cathedral before mass kicks off at 10:00am.

The public viewing of the body will take place at the Cathedral.

Burial will take place on Thursday with Mass starting at 10:00am at the Metropolitan Burial grounds near Lubaga cathedral.

Cathedral Administrator Rev. Fr. Gerald M Kalumba receives Archbishop-Elect Kizito Lwanga at the main entrance of the Cathedral in 2006

ChimpReports understands this programme was forwarded to the Nuncial through the chairman episcopal conference for approval.

It was decided in the meeting that if there appears a will specifying a change in burial grounds as one family member communicated, then the burial place will change accordingly.

Several leaders have since mourned the death of the outspoken church leader, saying it’s a big loss to the country.

President Museveni has mourned the death of Kampala Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga.

“With profound grief, I have learnt of the death of Kampala Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga,” said Museveni on Saturday night.

“I join the Catholic Church, all religious faithful, and the country in mourning Archbishop Lwanga,” he added.


His Grace Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga was born on 19th January 1953, at Kyabakadde, Naggalama, in the present Lugazi Diocese. 

He was ordained a priest on 8th April 1978 at Lubaga Cathedral by His Eminence Emmanuel Cardinal Nsubuga.

Appointed first Bishop of Kasana-Luweero Diocese on 16th November 1996 and ordained Bishop on 1st March 1997 at Kasana-Luweero. 

Appointed the third Archbishop of Kampala on 19th August 2006 and installed as the third Archbishop of Kampala on 30th September 2006 at Lubaga Cathedral.


Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga was born at Naggalama in Mukono district formerly the Archdiocese of Kampala (but now the Diocese of Lugazi) on January 19th 1953.

His Late Father Joseph Nsubuga Wamala was a catechist and he died in 1983.

He attended Kyabakadde Primary School and in 1964, he joined Nyenga Seminary. He thereafter entered the National Major Seminary of Philosophy of Katigondo (1972-1974) and in 1974-1978, he studied Theology at the National Seminary of Ggaba.

He was ordained a priest on April 9th 1978 by the Late Cardinal Emmanuel Nsubuga of the Archdiocese of Kampala.

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In 1979, he joined the University of Clermont-Ferrand (France) to study a course in administration and languages, with particular focus on administration.

He was appointed Chaplain of His Holiness in 1986.

In 1994, he was awarded a Doctorate in Canon Law of the Pontifical Urban University in Rome.

Between 1995-96, Lwanga served as  Personal Secretary to Cardinal Wamala, Archbishop of Kampala and President/ Founder of the ‘Co-operative for Development’ as well as a professor of Canon Law at Ggaba National Major Seminary and at St. Mbaaga Archdiocesan Major Seminary.

In 1997, Lwanga was named, consecrated and installed as the first Bishop of the newly created Diocese of Kasana – Luweero – serving up to 2006.

Between 2001 – 2006, he served as member of the Executive Committee of Uganda Joint Christian Council (UJCC) and Chairman of the Finance and Administrative Committee of UJCC. In July 2006, he was elected president of Caritas – Africa, with the Headquarters in Lome – Togo.

On August 19, 2006,  Lwanga, the Bishop of Kasana-Luweero ,was elected and named the new Archbishop of Kampala.

For his Motto, the Archbishop used the phrase, ‘Ora et Labora ut Habeant Vitam’ which means that, ‘Pray and work so as to have life to the full’.

These words, he adopted from the Motto of St. Benedict (480 AD – 550 AD). He further stated that prayer calls for work as work is watered by prayer.

Source – ChimpReports

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