The newly elected Archbishop of the Church of Uganda has said that prior to his election as the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, he had never dreamt of such a feat.
The House of Bishops, a body that elects the Archbishop and is comprised of all active Diocesan and Assistant Bishops who are currently 37 in number on Wednesday elected Mityana Diocese’s Bishop Samuel Kazimba as the ninth Archbishop of the Church of Uganda.
Giving his inaugural speech on Wednesday, Kazimba said it was an honor to have been elected the new Archbishop of the Anglican Church.
“I want to thank God for this opportunity. God has chosen an ordinary person to serve extraordinary purposes,”Kazimba said.
“From a humble background which dates back 57 years ago when I was born in Kyaggwe, I didn’t expect to be where I am now. I thank God for it.”
The new Archbishop of the Church of Uganda said his election is such a big calling, challenge and new opportunity to continue spreading the word of God.
He asked Bishops, clergymen, lay leaders, government and all cultural leaders to give him support as he begins his term of service.
The outgoing Archbishop, Stanley Ntagali praised Kazimba as a humble servant of God whose election was deserving.
“I congratulate you and thank God for your humility,” Ntagali said.
According to the Church of Uganda constitution, the Archbishop can serve for only 10 years or leaves upon clocking 65 years.
Ntagali has served for only seven and a half years because he was elected and enthroned as Archbishop on 16th December 2012 at the age of 57 and will be turning 65, the mandatory retirement age on March ,1, 2020.
- Leslie Brown, a British missionary and was the first Archbishop of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, and Boga-Zaire (1961-1966)
- Erica Sabiti (1966 – 1974)
- Janani Luwum (1974 – 1977)
- Silvanus Wani (1977 – 1983). In 1980, Rwanda, Burundi, and Boga-Zaire became a separate, Francophone Province, and Uganda became its own Province.
- Yona Okoth (1983 – 1995)
- Livingstone Mpalanyi-Nkoyoyo (1995 – 2004)
- Henry Luke Orombi (2004 – 2012)
- Stanley Ntagali (2012-2020)