The 2021 Easter holiday is being celebrated in sombre moods in Uganda following the death of the Kampala Archdiocese head, Archbishop Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga who passed on yesterday.
Dr. Lwanga,68, was found dead in his bedroom after members of his house broke the door to his room having failed to show up at the dining table for breakfast.
A day before his death, Lwanga lead a congregation of the Uganda Joint Christian Council in the Way of the Cross prayers at the Anglican church cathedral Namirembe and later celebrated Good Friday Mass at Rubaga cathedral church.
His body was thereafter taken to St. Francis hospital Nsambya for autopsy.
For many times, the outspoken Archbishop Lwanga has made it public about his life threats because of his sermons preaching against corruption, violation of human rights among other state attrocities.
At a certain point he was summoned to the state house to meet president Yoweri K Museveni regarding his security.
A warning that comes true
On December 5, 2020, few days towards General Elections in Uganda which was comprised of religious and tribal cold wars, a reknown People Power blogger; Fred Kajjubi Lumbuye took to his Facebook page and posted warning Archbishop Lwanga to flee into caver (hiding) lest he was going to be assassinated as late Church of Uganda Archbishop Janan Luwum.
“ARCHBISHOP CYPRIAN KIZITO LWANGA TAKE CAVER YOU ARE THE NEXT TARGET MAY GOD PROTECT YOU THE MAN OF GOD”, he posted.
Chemical Ali (Lumbuye) as famously known who did not divulge into details of his post insinuated the life of Bishop Cyprian Lwanga was in danger but all fell in deaf ears.
After confirmation of Kizito Lwanga’s death, the same blogger once again took to his Facebook page and wrote;
“BREAKING NEWS KAMPALA ARCHBISHOP DR CYPRIAN KIZITO LWANGA IS DEAD GOD FOR GIVE HIM AND FORGIVE ME TOO BECAUSE I WARNED HIM”.
Archbishop Lwanga will always be best remembered as the man of God who used the pulpit as a platform to preach for political and social unity, equality and good governance some of which have earned him condemnations particularly from a few members of the ruling government.
On Friday 22nd January, this website reported that minister for presidency Esther Mbayo attacked Mengo government and the catholic church in Buganda for being partisan in the presidential campaigns thus leading her NRM party to lose more seats in the region.
“In the electoral campaigns, Buganda was involved, the Katikiro campaigned for the opposition asking people to vote for Ripen ‘Red’ Coffee,” Minister Mbayo said. “The Catholic church was also involved, Archbishop Lwanga openly campaigned for opposition.” Minister Mbayo was quoted.
Such condemnations have for many times prompted the Archbishop to publicly decry his life security against mafia threats but all in vain.
This however does not specify the actual cause of the Bishop’s death since a detailed postmortem report has not been released.