Mityana’s Bishop Kazimba Mugalu elected Archbishop

The House of Bishops of the Church of Uganda has elected Bishop Samuel Stephen Kazimba Mugalu as the new Archbishop of Uganda.

The 57-year-old was voted by two-thirds of the 38-member electoral college that sat at Namirembe near Kampala.

While no details of the electoral process were given, it is believed that Bishop Kazimba contested for the position with Ankole Diocesan Bishop Sheldon Mwesigwa and Bukedi Diocese’s Samuel George Bogere Egesa.

According to the constitution of the Church of Uganda, to qualify for election as Archbishop, one must be a Bishop in one of the 37 dioceses and at least 50 years of age.

Kazimba who was born on August 15, 1962 at Gulama, Madudu in Buikwe district is promising to further the Church of Uganda’s mission but with a focus on poverty alleviation.

“I don’t intend to change the mission of the Church – that is preaching the Gospel, but I will also focus on a holistic ministry which is conversion of the head, heart and the hand,” Kazimba said.

“We have to change the mindset; that is the conversation of the head, then the heart, that is the emotions and then the will to work. If we achieve that, we will have a wonderful Uganda,” he added.

Kazimba is expected to be enthroned as Archbishop on March 1, 2020 at Namirembe Cathedral as Stanley Ntagali formally retires as Archbishop.

Former Archbishops

• Archbishop Leslie Brown, a British missionary and was the first Archbishop of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, and Boga-Zaire (1961-1966)

• Archbishop Erica Sabiti (1966 – 1974)

• Archbishop Janani Luwum (1974 – 1977). Martyred in 1977.

• Archbishop Silvanus Wani (1977 – 1983). In 1980, Rwanda, Burundi, and Boga-Zaire became a separate, Francophone Province, and Uganda became its own Province.

• Archbishop Yona Okoth (1983 – 1995)

• Archbishop Livingstone Mpalanyi-Nkoyoyo (1995 – 2004)

• Archbishop Henry Luke Orombi (2004 – 2012)

• Archbishop Stanley Ntagali (2012-2020)