Rev James Bukomeko to be enthroned as new Mityana Diocese Bishop next year replacing departed Kaziimba
The House of Bishops of the Church of Uganda yesterday named Rev Dr James Bukomeko as Mityana Diocese Bishop to replace Rt Rev Dr Stephen Kaziimba Mugalu who was in August this year elected the new Archbishop.
As now the 5th Bishop for Mityana Diocese, Rev Dr James Bukomeko has replaced RT Rev Dr Stephen Kaziimba Mugalu who was formerly in charge of the Diocese before he was elected to a new role.
Earlier, Church of Uganda elected Stephen Samuel Kaziimba as the 9th Archbishop replacing Stanley Ntagali who retired after seven and a half years of service because he was elected and enthroned as Archbishop on 16th December 2012 at the age of 57 and he turns 65 years old on 1st March 2020, a 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.
Meanwhile, Rev. Dr Bukomeko will be enthroned as the new Mityana Bishop on February 2, 2020, at St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Mityana.
Who is Rev James Bukomeko
Rev. Bukomeko ordained a deacon and a priest in 1994, he has since then served in various capacities in Namirembe Diocese, including parish priest and Assistant Vicar.
Rev. Bukomeko was born on November 1, 1968, in Luwero and is the youngest in the family of 12 children. He is married to Rose Kokomeko and the family has five children including a set of twin girls.
He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Uganda Christian University, a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management from Uganda Management Institute, a Bachelor of Education and a Diploma in Education from Nkumba University.
In addition to his Executive Certificate from Hertfordshire University, Bukomeko also has an honorary doctorate from the London Bridge Business School.
By John Dalton Kigozi