By. Ben Musanje & Damba Rogers.
The Archbishop Elect of Church of Uganda Rt. Rev. Dr. Steven Kazimba Mugaru has been inaugurated at St Paul’s Cathedral Namirembe Diocese with a mass service.
The former Bishop of Mityana Diocese Dr. Kazimba was appointed by the house of bishops on 28/8/2019, to succeeded the out going 8th Archbishop the Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali upon meeting then retirement age of bishops. This now makes Archbishop Kazimba the 9th archbishop of the church of Uganda.
Bishop Elect Dr. Kazimba who was earlier in the day welcomed by the team of Anglicans, at Nankulabye junction later walked to the cathedral where he was welcomed by the outgoing Archbishop Ntagali and Namirembe diocese Bishop Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira accompanied by the Dean of Namirembe Cannon Benon Kityo.
Speaking during the welcoming and inauguration summon at Namirembe Cathedral, Bishop Luwalira warned Christians not to compile lists of needs to the newly Archbishops since he was appointed only to service the Lord’s message. But calls for massive prayers directed towards the archbishop elect to help him serve the church better.
The newly Archbishop Elect, Dr Steven Kazimba Mugalu, urged Ugandans and Christians to put him into prayers during his service.
The outgoing Archbishop, The most Rev Stanley Ntagali, cautioned the Archbishop Elect about various challenges he is yet to encounter, however urged him to always focus to the righteousness and obey the lord Jesus to fight all battles.
Archbishop-elect Kaziimba was consecrated Bishop on 26th October 2008 and served as the Bishop of Mityana Diocese for almost eleven years.
He was born on 15th August 1962 in Buikwe Najja to Besweri Kaddu and Jessica Nanyonjo. He was born again as a Christian in 1984.
Archbishop-elect Kaziimba did his diploma and undergraduate degree in theology from Uganda Christian University, Mukono, and received his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Western Theological Seminary, Holland, Michigan (USA).
At the time of his election, in addition to his responsibilities as a diocesan Bishop, Archbishop-elect Kaziimba served as the Chairman of the Provincial Board of Household and Community Transformation, as well as the Chair of the Board of Trustees for Ndejje University, Chair of the Committee for HIV and Public Health for the Interreligious Council of Uganda, and Chair of Words of Hope Uganda Radio Ministry.
About his calling, Archbishop-elect Kaziimba says, “Since I have known Christ, I want Him to be known by word and life in the power of the Holy Spirit.” He has a passion for empowering others and developing the church, a subject he has written about in his 2015 book, Empowering the Laity, published by Words of Hope, Grand Rapids, Michigan (USA).
Archbishop-elect Kaziimba is married to Margaret Naggayi Bulya, a strong Christian and Intercessor. They both come from humble backgrounds. “God has raised me from a hut to a state house, from nobody to somebody, from shame to fame, from grass to grace and from nowhere to somewhere,” says Archbishop-elect Kaziimba.
Archbishop-elect Kaziimba is a popular preacher at large conventions in Uganda and internationally.
The Kaziimbas have four grown sons, two grandchildren, and have also cared for and raised more than 20 other children.