It was a sad moment for the Uganda Orthodox Church yesterday as news of the death of their leader Bishop Yonah Lwanga broke out.
News had it that the Bishop had been battling cancer and passed away in Athens Greece where he was receiving treatment.
The Bishop has been the overseer of the Church in Metropolitan Kampala, the whole of Uganda and Central Africa under the Eastern Orthodox Church in Alexandria.
He rose to the helm of the Ugandan church in 1997 May after being named the Holy Synod.
Bishop Lwanga was born in July 1945 in Degeya and had his general education in Bulemezi and Kyadondo.
His father Obadiah Basajjakitalo was one of the pioneers of the Orthodox Church in Uganda alongside Ruben Spartas Mukasa.
Bishop Lwanga pursued a degree in Theology and Philosophy from the University of Athens in Greece.
His rise in the religious ranks started with him being ordained a deacon in 1981 and then a priest in 1982.
He was subsequently named the vicar Bishop for Bukoba in 1992 before being named the head of the Church until the time of his death yesterday.
Bishop Lwanga has been eulogized by a number of Opposition leaders because he was a fearless critic of the government in its abuse of human rights.
The Bishop said that the country would continue to suffer under the NRM government since it had plundered the nation into a mess.
He further said that the NRM will one day collapse although he said it might not be in the near future.
Among the people who paid their respects to Bishop Lwanga included four-time presidential candidate Kiiza Besigye who described him as a consistent Man of God
“A great moral voice and leader goes to be with the lord.
H.E. Metropolitan Lwanga has had the courage, confidence & moral activism consistent with a Man of God.
It’s worrying that such moral patriarchs are endangered; yet, most needed in our Uganda today.
Rest in perfect peace.” Kiiza Besigye tweeted.
The others who paid their last respects included Mukono municipality MP hon Betty Nambooze and NUP Secretary-General David Lewis Rubongoya.
All these praised him for always speaking out against the regime.
His death comes a few months after the death of the Catholic Church leader Bishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga.