The late Kampala Archbishop Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga will be accorded a national send-off for being an outstanding church leader.
President Museveni has revealed that the late Kampala Archbishop Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga will be accorded a national send-off for being an exceptional church leader.
In a eulogizing gathering held at the Kololo grounds on Tuesday morning, Museveni said that Dr Cyprian Lwanga deserves national recognition for holding a strong title of an ‘Archbishop’.
“I ordered this official mourning for our brother the late Lwanga because he has been an Archbishop yet we do not have many of those. They are only four for the catholic church; North (Archbishop John Baptist Odama, East (Emmanuel Obbo), West (Lambert Bainomugisha) and Kampala where Lwanga has been,” Museveni revealed.
“There are many members who fall in those archbishop structures, as part of building your national culture it is not only to honour the political and traditional leaders, of course not all church leaders are national leaders but an archbishop is one.”
Also, the President gave a highlight of how the deceased Archbishop has been vital in empowering the National Resistance Movement party over the years.
Museveni disclosed that during the war that brought his party into power, the deceased (Lwanga) was one of the sympathisers who always prayed for them on top of providing them with food items.
“(Cyprian) Lwanga was part of our Bayekera sympathisers. We were in bush fighting but we had sympathisers who did not shoot guns but they prayed for us. They were with cardinal Nsubuga, Bishop Yokana Mukasa and Muslim leaders like Badru Kakungulu. They were part of our sympathisers,” Museveni disclosed.
“In particular Cardinal Nsubuga had two points which we utilised without his official consent including a ranch in Kyankwanzi where we would get medicines from, and another big banana plantation in kiboga. Our guerrillas would go there and get food. Its supply was endless. I never knew exactly where it was and have never gone there or paid compensation, but our guerrillas would come with food and say, we got this from Cardinal’s plantation,” the president added.
He, however, mentioned that besides being a strong political leader, Lwanga has been vital in advancing the operation wealth creation project aimed at fighting poverty.
The president said that the Archbishop has been financing a microfinance project named Twekembe which has since grown over years.
“When I came from the bush, Cardinal Nsubuga invited me to Kyankwanzi and Kizito Lwanga was there as a young priest. When Cyprian became the bishop of Kasana Luweero, I was happy because I knew him as a young priest. He is just about eight years younger than me. I knew about his microfinance project called ‘Twekembe’ that he started with his salary,” Museveni reminded.