Museveni directs official burial for Archbishop Paul Bakyenga

The late Archbishop Emeritus Paul Bakyenga. PHOTO/FILE

KAMPALA, UGANDA: President Yoweri Museveni has directed an official burial to be accorded to the late Mbarara Archbishop Emeritus Paul Kamuza Bakyenga.

This was revealed by Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja in a statement mourning the passing of the great Catholic cleric which was posted via the OPM Twitter account on Thursday.

“On behalf of the government, I offer our sincere condolences to the Catholic Church, the bereaved family, friends and all the people of Uganda upon the death of the Emeritus Archbishop of Mbarara, His Grace Paul K Bakyenga, which occurred on July 18,” PM Nabbanja’s statement read in part.

She added: “H.E. the President of the Republic of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, has granted Archbishop Bakyenga an official burial in honour of his contribution to our country.”

The President applauded the late Bakyenga for being a humble and dedicated servant of the Lord, who touched many lives through his spiritual work. He also hailed Bakyenga for his significant contribution to the development of the Church and Uganda.

The President’s directive means that the government will cater for all expenses of the funeral and burial of the cleric, and will also work with the leadership of the Catholic Church in Uganda to coordinate the funeral and burial arrangements.

Bakyenga who was aged 79, died on Tuesday at Nsambya Hospital in Kampala where he had gone for a routine checkup.

According to the burial program released yesterday (Thursday), Bakyenga will be buried on Sunday at Nyamitanga Cathedral in Mbarara.

He will be the second Bishop to be buried at the said place after Father Francis-Xavier Lacoursiere of the White Fathers.

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