RUKUNGIRI: The Bishop of North Kigezi Diocese, Rt Rev Benon Magezi is dead. Magezi was admitted at Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital a fortnight ago battling Covid- 19 according to reports.
The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda His Grace Dr Stephen Kazimba Mugalu in a statement announced that Bishop Magezi died on 15th June after a short illness.
“The Most Rev. Dr. Stephen Samuel Kaziimba, Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, regrets to announce the untimely death of the Rt. Rev. Benon Magezi, Bishop of North Kigezi Diocese” part of the statement reads.
Burial arrangements are still pending and will be communicated later, the Church of Uganda statement added.
Bishop Benon Magezi was consecrated and enthroned as Bishop on January 8th 2017 at St. Emmanuel Cathedral, Kinyasano, Rukungiri.
He had recently launched a major fundraising campaign to expand the Cathedral and the church’s ministry in the Diocese.
Bishop Benon Magezi grew up in a Christian home and attended church regularly with his family.
Prior to his election as Bishop, he served as Diocesan Treasurer of North Kigezi Diocese, and in many parishes. He was ordained a deacon in December 1991 and a priest the following year.
He earned a Bachelor of Divinity from the Bishop Tucker School of Divinity and Theology at Uganda Christian University, Mukono, in 2009, having earned both a Certificate and Diploma in Theology from Bishop Barham Theological College in 1990 and 1998, respectively.
Magezi is survived by his wife, Gladys and their five children.
He becomes the first Church of Uganda Bishop to die while in active priesthood service.