Church of Uganda has elected Samuel Kaziimba as the new Archbishop replacing Stanley Ntagali who retired after seven and a half years of service.
Archbishop Samuel Kaziimba who is now the 9th Archbishop thanked His Grace the Archbishop for his work and everyone else for being used by God to elect him in this office.
“I don’t expect to be where I am now if it wasn’t for God’s grace. This is an answered prayer for without prayer, all we do misfires,” said Archbishop Kaziimba before adding that this is a new and big calling with challenges and opportunities.
Archbishop Samuel Kaziimba also noted that his base the Diocese of Mityana never expected this and as well he called on everyone to value prayer.
“I am inviting everyone to join us and we work together. I am calling on everyone to support us as we work. With God, everything is possible,” added Kaziimba.
Stanley Ntagali retired after only seven and a half years of service simply because he was elected and enthroned as Archbishop on 16th December 2012 at the age of 57.
He turns 65 years old on 1st March 2020 and that is the mandatory age of retirement.
Basing on the constitutional requirements regarding Archbishops of the Church of Uganda, An Archbishop can serve only for ten years and no more.
They can only serve until their 65th birthday. At the age of 65, an Archbishop must retire, even if he has served less than his ten-year term.
For one to be elected an Archbishop, you must be a Bishop in the Church of Uganda and at least 50 years old. All Dioceses must have Bishops. There can be no vacant dioceses.
Currently, 37 Diocesan Bishops are serving in the Church of Uganda with 33 eligible to become Archbishops.
As a body that elects the Archbishop, the House of Bishops is comprised of all active Diocesan and Assistant Bishops. There are 38 Bishops in the House of Bishops. The Provincial Chancellor presides over the election.
A person elected is referred to as the “Archbishop-elect.” He will not officially become the Archbishop until he is enthroned (installed) as the Archbishop, which will take place on Sunday, 1st March 2020 at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Namirembe.
St. Paul’s Cathedral, Namirembe, is not only the Cathedral for Namirembe Diocese but also the Provincial Cathedral for the Church of Uganda
During the period of the election and installation of the new Archbishop, the current Archbishop engages in a farewell tour, visiting all 37 dioceses in the Church of Uganda to bid farewell.
The Archbishop-elect will say farewell to his current diocese. The current diocese of the Archbishop-elect will prepare to elect a new Bishop.
An Archbishop automatically serves as the Diocesan Bishop of Kampala Diocese as well as Archbishop of the entire Church of Uganda. So, Kampala Diocese will say farewell to their Bishop and prepare to receive a new Bishop, who is also the Archbishop.
Previously, the 1st Archbishop was Leslie Brown, a British missionary and was the first Archbishop of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, and Boga-Zaire (1961-1966)
The second Archbishop was Erica Sabiti (1966 – 1974), 3rd Archbishop was Janani Luwum (1974 – 1977) and martyred in 1977.
Silvanus Wani was the 4th Archbishop between 1977 – 1983. In 1980, Rwanda, Burundi, and Boga-Zaire became a separate, Francophone Province, and Uganda became its Province.
5th Archbishop was Yona Okoth (1983 – 1995), the 6th was Archbishop Livingstone Mpalanyi-Nkoyoyo (1995 – 2004) and Henry Luke Orombi (2004 – 2012) was the 7th Archbishop while Stanley Ntagali (2012-2020) as the recently retired Archbishop was the 8th.
With the announcement press conference scheduled at noon in the Provincial Office of the Church of Uganda, Namirembe, the Church calls on Christians to pray fervently for a smooth transition and for God’s will to be done in the election.
By John Dalton Kigozi