By; Jjunju Francis
Hundreds of mourners led by President Yoweri Museveni and his wife Janet Museveni gathered at All Saints Cathedral Nakasero in a requiem service to bid farewell to the late Archbishop Livingstone Mpalanyi Nkoyoyo who succumbed to pneumonia on Friday.
President Museveni in his speech hailed the Bishop Nkoyoyo for his humility, service for all especially the marginalized notably the orphanage home in Mukono which president Museveni pledged to support and martyrs museum at Namugongo which too is not yet complete.
He also credited him for his openness that he worked with the government to fight poverty.
The assistant Bishop of Kampala Mannington Mutebi also applauded the late for this enormous contribution to the church and the country citing his role in starting Uganda Christian University Mukono in 1997, the church house and new cathedral at Nakasero among other projects.
The former archbishop Henry Luke Orombi who was the main preacher described the late Nkoyoyo as a man who knew his God helped others to know him. He also helped him to neutralize in-fights that had bedeviled the Anglican Church in 1995 restoring hope to many and life in the church.
From all saints in Nakasero the body has been taken to St Paul’s Cathedral Namirembe at 6 pm for a night vigil.
On Monday January 8, 2018 at 10 am, there will be a service at St. Philip and Andrew’s Cathedral in Mukono; thereafter the body will be taken to his home at Nakabago for an overnight service.
A special funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 9am at the Anglican martyrs shrine Namugongo before burial later in the day at the place where he was ordained as a deacon on June 3, 1969.
The Bishop Emeritus of Lugazi diocese in the Catholic Church Rt. Rev. Matthias Ssekamanya described the deceased as a dedicated, loyal and a patriotic religious leader who served the church and the country and always looked for dialogue.
Dr. Nkoyoyo 82, was pronounced dead on Friday morning January 5, 2018 at around 11.40am at Kampala Hospital.
Dr Nkoyoyo has since December 2016 been undergoing cancer treatment after returning from the United Kingdom (UK) in June last year (2017) where he underwent surgery for cancer of the throat.