The Christian Community in Mityana is in euphoria following the election of their Bishop Dr. Samuel Kazimba Mugalu as the new and ninth Archbishop of the Church of Uganda.
Our sources in Mityana have revealed to us that the town is in jubilation mood with cars and boda boda motorists making noise at the news.
Canon Benon Ssemmambo, who until his retirement two years ago worked under Bishop Mugalu, expressed gratitude to God for the choice of Dr. Mugalu for the highest office in the Church of Uganda.
He said: “We are now in a convoy going to Mityana to pick him. We cannot put in words how happy we are.”
Canon Ssemambo praised Dr. Mugalu’s leadership as a blessing to the Diocese of Mityana and the entire Church of Uganda because of his vision and hard work.
“He’s a performer and upright man. Even those of us who retired from service are content that our pension is paid in time at every end of the month.”
Canon Ssemmambo also praised Dr. Mugalu as a development-oriented person who has championed several development projects across for the diocese.
Henry Kasozi, famously known for his pumpkin value addition enterprise remarked that the election of Dr. Kazimba was a fitting reward by God for his hard work and dedicated service to the people of Mityana.
Kasozi said: “His achievements are not in doubt. He refurbished our cathedral, and spearheaded the construction of several other churches across the diocese. He built the new official residential home of the Bishop and championed several other developments across the diocese.
One businessman who preferred anonymity described Bishop Kazimba as an upright man who has defied corrupt tendencies of the generation to bring about development.
“He does not tolerate corruption and those who purchase things for the diocese know that he does not tolerate forgeries.
Dr. Stephen Kazimba was born to Besweri Kaddu and Jessica Nanyonjo on August 15, 1962 at Gulama-Najja Kyaggwe, present day Buikwe district. “Kazimba” which means builder. He was named after his grandfather Kazimba who served as a Lay-leader of Kinoni-Kasoga Parish and Gulama-Nyenga Parish.
Kazimba grew up with his mother at Makindye who educated him for his primary education in Gakuwebwamunno nursery and Lusaka Primary School.
Life was a real challenge that he almost failed to get fees for his primary. His uncle , the late Emmanual Mukasa came to his rescue by sponsoring him for high school education at Seeta College Mwanyanjiri.
The couple have four children – all boys: Kisakye Moses Mugalu, Muwanguzi Peter Kyeswa, Musasizi Enoch Kazimba, and Kwagala Joseph Kazimba. Because of their humble background, Stephen and Margaret heard a call to mentor other less-privileged children making a family of 20.
He was trained as a Lay-leader at Baskerville Theological College Ngogwe in 1985 and posted to Lugazi St. Peter’s Church.
Between 1988 and 1990, he trained at Uganda Martyrs’ Seminary (Provincial Certificate), and was ordained in December 1990 by Bishop Livingstone Mpalanyi Nkoyoyo. He served as Assistant Vicar at Nakibizzi Parish in 1990 – 1994.
Between 1994 and 1996, he completed his diploma in Theology at Bishop Tucker College, and posted to Katente Parish as Parish Priest (1997 – 2000).
In 2003, he completed his Master’s Degree in theology at western theology seminary, USA. In 2004 he was confirmed as the provost of St. Philip and Andrew‘s Cathedral.
Between 2004 and 2007, Kazimba pursued his Doctorate of Ministry Degree at Western Seminary USA, and also made a Canon in 2007 by Bishop Elia Paul Luzinda Kizito.
He became the 4th Bishop of Mityana Diocese on October 26, 2008 replacing Bishop Dr. Dunstan Kopriano Bukenya.