Parliament has paid glowing tribute to the late Archbishop of the Orthodox Church of Uganda, Jonah Lwanga, for his steadfast fight of social injustice and bold calling out of leaders over mismanagement of public resources.
Lwanga, 76, whose cause of death has not been made public, passed on two weeks ago in Greece. He was laid to rest on September 20, 2021, at St. Nicholas Cathedral, Namungoona.
The 3rd Deputy Prime Minister, Rukia Nakadama, who moved the motion eulogized Lwanga for his remarkable contribution to both evangelization and national development.
Nakadama said that under Archbishop Lwanga’s stewardship, over 20 medical facilities and a hospital were established in Uganda, as well as an Orthodox Mother’s Union to address poverty, hunger and illiteracy.
The Vice President, Jessica Alupo, said the country has lost an illustrious crusader of peace, thanking him for founding the Inter-Religious Council; an entity charged with forging harmony amongst diverse religious sects.
A section of Legislators lauded him for fighting injustice, human rights violations and corruption. They observed that Lwanga was among the few religious leaders who boldly spoke on things that others could not.
The woman MP, Kalangala District Helen Nakimuli noted that a peaceful change of power would be a good gesture to honour the late Archbishop.
“If we want him to rest in peace let us do what he was fighting for. That way we shall know that people who gave him a state burial are not hypocrites. If we have a peaceful change of power, then the late Archbishop Jonah Lwanga will rest in peace,” said Nakimuli.
Lwemiyaga County MP Theodore Ssekikubo praised the late lwanga for working hard to promote national dialogue. He, however, said that Lwanga slowed down to the call for national dialogue since many leaders were not listening.
“Archbishop Jonah Lwanga had his wishes and was the promoter of national dialogue however he reached a point and gave up on national dialogue because the leaders of the country were not listening and paying attention to what he was saying,” said Ssekikubo.
Rubaga North MP, Abubaker Kawalya requested the Government to take up the work the prelate started by completing the construction of the first Orthodox cathedral in Uganda.
Other legislators recognized Lwanga’s humility and simplicity on hearing that he lived a non-luxurious life to the point of owning only two pairs of shoes.