Bishop Mutebi diagnosed with rare cancer

The Assistant Bishop of Kampala diocese Rt Rev Hannington Mutebi has been diagnosed with what the family has termed as a rare form of Leukemia commonly known as cancer of the blood.

The 59-year-old was first treated of the disease in September last the Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya but was at the weekend flown to London in the UK and got admitted to Kings College Hospital for specialized tests that confirmed the unnamed type of Leukemia.

“We greet you in the name of the Lord. The Right Reverend Hannington Mutebi, an assistant Bishop at the All Saints Cathedral in Kampala Uganda has been diagnosed with a rare form of Leukemia.

As a result, he needs to undergo treatment urgently as advised by the doctors,” a family statement issued by Rose Kajumba said.

The statement further said that the family opted to take the prelate to the UK upon discovery that the advanced specialist treatment he needed was not available in Kampala.

“He has now had several preliminary tests done since arriving in the UK.  Doctors have highly recommended that treatment should commence as soon as possible.  However, the only stagnating factor in this whole process is the finances an estimated amount of   £100,000 (Shs 450 million),” Kajumba said.

To raise the funds, the family and friends have launched an online fundraising campaign through the go fund me crowd funding platform which has so far raised £1,575 (Shs 7.1 million) from 16 donors.

Bishop Mutebi was consecrated as Assistant Bishop of Kampala in November 2013, deputizing the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda Rt Rev Stanley Ntagali in the administration of Kampala diocese headquartered at All Saints Cathedral, Nakasero.