Who is Cyprian Kizito Lwanga? Flash Uganda Media looks at his biography, family, age, church ministry, quotes, death, politics, Early Life and Education of the former Archbishop of Kampala.
Cyprian Kizito Lwanga (RIP) was a Ugandan Roman Catholic prelate who served as Archbishop of Kampala Archdiocese from 2006 to his death.
Lwanga was referred to as His Grace and The Most Reverend.
Dr Lwanga leaves a record as a perceived critic of the reigning government who was also unlimitedly vocal on societal issues like marriages, land ownership, human rights and security.
Besides being a government critic on certain issues, Lwanga used to praise President Museveni occasionally.
Early Life and Education
Cyprian Kizito Lwanga was born on 19 January 1953 at Kyabakadde Village, in Naggalama Parish, present-day Mukono District, Buganda Region of Uganda present-day Lugazi Diocese.
Lwanga attended Kyabakadde Primary School. He then joined Nyenga Seminary in 1964. Between 1972 and 1974, he studied at Katigondo National Major Seminary, present-day Kalungu District.
He then studied Theology at Ggaba National Seminary, in Kampala.
In 1979, Lwanga joined the University of Clermont-Ferrand in France, where he studied administration. Later, he studied at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome and acquired a doctorate in Canon Law in 1994.
Cyprian Kizito Lwanga was ordained a priest on 9 April 1978 at Rubaga Cathedral by Cardinal Emmanuel Kiwanuka Nsubuga. He served as a priest of Kampala Archdiocese until 30 November 1996.
He was then appointed first Bishop of the Diocese of Kasana –Luweero on 30 November 1997 and consecrated Bishop on 1 March 1997 for Kasana-Luweero District, by Cardinal Emmanuel Wamala, Archbishop of Kampala, assisted by Bishop Joseph Bernard Louis Willigers, Bishop of Jinja and Bishop Paul Lokiru Kalanda, Bishop of Fort Portal.
On 19 August 2006, he was appointed the third Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Kampala and was installed as the third Archbishop of Kampala on 30 September 2006 at Rubaga Cathedral, succeeding Cardinal Emmanuel Wamala, who resigned.
On 2 February 2020, Lwanga issued a decree that Catholics in the Archdiocese of Kampala could only receive Holy Communion on the tongue and not on the hand.
He participated in leading the traditional Good Friday celebrations alongside other religious leaders, according to Father Phillip Odi, the spokesperson of the Uganda Episcopal Conference.
Archbishop Lwanga’s quotable quotes
His Grace Lwanga once said God wants Peace, not violence. Lwanga denounced the violent activities that the country witnessed on November 18, 2020, during a tense election campaigning period.
In his message, he argued the public to be custodians of peace and a sense of humanity.
“Wherever you intend to fire bullets or hurl teargas canisters, ask yourself if it suits the motto, ‘For God and My Country’. Let us always remember that God wants nothing from us but peace and all of us should strive to have that peace but not violence. Peace should be right from within our hearts.”
Dr Kizito Lwanga as well said the 2021 elections should be extended by three years, barely a month to the January 14 polls, to allow the nation to sail through a health and economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
As a result of this statement, Lwanga received a backlash from the public.
“We know the Constitution says if elections are postponed, the Speaker of Parliament takes over government. Article 259 of the Constitution allows Parliament to sit down and amend the Constitution to allow Parliament to amend laws. We are asking Parliament to sit down and amend the Constitution to allow President Museveni to continue ruling and guiding the country during the period of three-year postponement of elections,” His Grace said in a press briefing in Kampala.
“This was not my proposal; it was a proposal of Uganda Joint Christian Council UJCC which I’m the chairman. But I have been demonized on social media…This is our suggestion not an amendment, anybody is free to come up with their own proposals,” he added.
On February 15, His Grace Lwanga threw condemnations to security forces after a wave of abductions and torture that mounted especially on opposition-leaning Ugandans with the issue hardly addressed by the government.
“I remember when NRM came to power, President Museveni I call upon your government to continue resisting the evil abductions, torture and killings of people.”
His Grace Lwanga also voiced concern over the growing vice of fake news and misinformation after anonymous people accused him of nurturing intent to murder 2021 National Unity Platform (NUP) presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine.
“Some people came out to say I and the Catholic Church were plotting to kill Bobi Wine and we would poison him through the Holy Communion. That was a big allegation, I can’t do that. I am the one who wedded Bobi. That means I have a personal attachment to him. Bobi loves his Church and he should not be made to hate it just like that.”
“Such is one of the examples of how social media is being misused. How do you say such things, unless you’re the one planning it!” he said during 2020.
In March 2018, Dr Lwanga downplayed reports that he was plotting to overthrow President Museveni. Dr Lwanga’s comments were about a phone call he reportedly received from an anonymous person indicating that the state had received information linking him to a plot to overthrow the government.
The caller reportedly told him that the government had recruited informants within the church’s set up who had surrendered information to the president on the alleged plot.
“A few days ago I got a telephone call and on the telephone you can see the number of the person but it had private, so I didn’t know who was calling. This person had an accent from western Uganda and this is what he told me. That ‘there are many lies being told to the president’, Two, that ‘even members of these organizations have recruited your priest, your sisters, your brothers, even catechists and even seminarians’ And I said, ‘what?”
“Even this man (anonymous caller) told me last week that be careful my Grace. You might be the next (Janan) Luwum. I said my goodness! If God wants me to die for wrong accusations, that is criminal. You know for murdering people there are two things; you can shoot a person over what they call character assassination.”
“So, some members of ESO, ISO, CMI etcetera, they are character assassinating people and that is not good. But fortunately, those of you who are believers, there are still in a period of lent which are concluding tomorrow. I kindly call upon you to repent and stop telling lies. I call upon all of you to stop telling lies. Stop misleading our president. Mr President, we love you very much and that is why we have been electing you. These people are your enemies. They’re going to make you fail because your mind is poisoned and you act on such information.”