Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga has been eulogized as a brilliant, intelligent social justice activist as believers gathered at Lubaga Cathedral, celebrating Mass before being buried.
The man of God who will be laid to rest inside Lubaga Cathedral died on Saturday morning. A postmortem report indicated he succumbed to heart failure.
Kabaka Ronald Mutebi who was represented by Katikiro Mayiga, Government of Uganda and the Catholic Church praised the fallen prelate as a great contributor to changing lives of his followers and the Catholic Church.
Here are some of his major achievements;
Spearheaded the Construction of Mapeera House
If you are to look out for the second tallest building in Kampala City, you will have to close into Mapeera house. This storied building is the head quarter of Centenary, a Catholic founded Bank greatly entrenched in all corners of the country.
Lwanga, who is a member of the Centenary Bank board excessively championed for the further growth of the institution. With Mapeera House, Centenary bank and the Catholic Church remain greatly rooted with further sources of income.
Renovated Namugongo and Munyonyo Martyrs shrines
At the height of Pope Francis’s visit to Uganda 5 years ago, Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga rallies for resources from all corners of this country to revamp and upgrade the Martyrs Shrines which seemed old and dilapidated.
It is upon such background that Namugongo Martyrs Shrine and the Munyonyo Martyrs shrines are more advanced looking great and more admired by Al believers.
Renovated Lubaga Cathedral, Also Constructed an Administration Block
Just after the renovation of Lubaga Cathedral in his early days as an Archbishop, Cyprian Kizito Lwanga embarked on the construction of an Administration block at the seat of Kampala Archdiocese. Today, all administrators of Kampala Archdiocese happily find solace in serving the administration in the new block.
Built Muteesa 1 Memorial Museum at the Cathedral
The museum whose opening date was slated for April last year started operating even without an official launched as organized due to Covid 19. Named in memory of Ssekabaka Muteesa 1, the Catholic Church sought to recognize the invaluable contribution to the early Church in Uganda.
Renovated Pope Paul Memorial Hotel, Lubaga Hospital
At the time of the renovation of Lubaga Hospital, several of the buildings and the Hospital’s general outlook was bad. The archbishop later scheduled a meeting that introduced a project which later saw the facility renovated to suit a great hospital ready for referrals.
At the same time, the Catholic Hotel, Pope Paul Memorial Hotel and Resource center was dilapidated. Despite hosting several of the country’s top officials including the Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi, Ministers and Buganda officials, the facility five years ago needed a facelift.
Indeed, resources were earmarked with the help of the Bishop; facility renovated and now, can still host the Inter and Arch Diocese Secondary Schools music competitions.
Wekembe Microfinance Group
At the inception of his apostolic journey as the Bishop of Luweero Diocese, Dr Lwanga initiated several projects meant to improve the livelihood of several of his sheep. The Microfinance saved many as they struggled out of poverty.
The fallen Arch Bishop also shared a similar vision as he transcended to Kampala Archdiocese where he started several projects. No wonder he served as Chairperson of Caritas Africa, where several lives were uplifted through Poverty eradication.
Established new Parishes
The fallen prelate worked hard to ensure that God’s works, word and preaching gets to the local people. Arch Bishop Lwanga opened up new Parishes across the diocese. Some among them include Queen of Martyrs catholic parish in Ndejje and St Charles Lwanga catholic parish in Ntinda.
At the time of his death, a new parish in the Distant Bukasa Island had been started to serve fishing communities in the 63 outlying islands of Kalangala District.
Human Rights defending record
The vicar of the Pope will be remembered as the Speaker. He greatly articulated on issues relating too rights violations. In fact, severally, he took a collision path with some of his colleagues at the Joint Christian Council and the Inter Religious council of Uganda, the Uganda Police and several state agencies demanding to punish all officers violating rights of several Ugandans.
Speaker after speaker at Lubaga Cathedral spoke good of a heroic legacy of the fallen archbishop. Msgr Charles Kasibante, the acting administrator of the Arch Diocese said, “Our hearts are heavy, we lost our shepherd. The situation is very difficult for us in and around of Rubaga hill and Kampala Archdiocese at large.”
He however says, the church needs to be prepared all the time for all the tasks ahead as Dr Lwanga leaves behind a legacy. “A good preacher of God’s word.”