The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, Rt. Rev. Stephen Mugalu Kaziimba has assumed temporal leadership of Luwero Diocese until a new bishop is elected.
Kaziimba’s move follows the abdication of the Rt. Rev. Eridard Nsubuga, Bishop of Luwero, on Sunday, 9th July 2023 upon reaching the mandatory retirement age of 65.
He handed over ecclesiastical authority to the Archbishop’s representative Rt. Rev. Micheal Lubowa at a church service held amid tight security in Luwero.
Archbishop Kaziimba was in West Nile at the time.
Sunday’s events come on the heels of boiling tension in the diocese following the nullification of the election of Bishop Rev. Canon Godfrey Kasana as the 4th Bishop of Luwero Diocese. Kasana was meant to replace Eridard.
His election was nullified on 30th June on grounds that his integrity was misrepresented during the nomination and election process, which invalidated the election.
This decision was not received well by Luwero Diocese Christians who stormed the streets of the district to demonstrate. On Thursday, they held special prayers for Kasana.
The House of Bishops will receive fresh nominations for the next Bishop of Luwero and elect on 1st August 2023.
The consecration and enthronement of the 4th Bishop of Luwero will be Sunday, 6th August 2023, at St. Mark’s Cathedral, Luwero.