National
Prayers held for fallen Bishop of Hoima diocese
Publish Date: Feb 08, 2014
Prayers held for fallen Bishop of Hoima diocese
Sister Naava Mukasa pays her last respects to the late Bishop Deogratius Muganwa at a requiem mass held at Nsambya Hospital Chapel on Saturday. PHOTO/Esther Namirimu
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Pascal Kwesiga & Juliet Lukwago                           

Christians have prayed for Bishop Deogratias Muganwa Byabazaire of Hoima Catholic diocese who died Saturday morning.

Byabazaire, who has been ill for the last six years, breathed his last at Nsambya hospital, a few hours after returning from India where doctors had discharged him to recover from home.

His body was wheeled into Nsambya hospital chapel with a procession of nurses and priests from Hoima and Kampala.

Byabazaire left Hoima diocese six years ago after suffering from hydrocephalus (cerebrospinal fluid in the cavities of the brain), a mild stroke and diabetes.

According to doctors, cerebrospinal fluid build-up can lead to convulsions and, at worst, brain damage.

Former pope Benedict XVI in 2009 deployed Lambert Bainomugisha from Mbarara diocese as the apostolic administrator for Hoima catholic diocese after ill-health rendered Byabazaire incapable of discharging his priestly duties.

Byabazaire, who has been bishop for about 25 years, is a brother to the first deputy prime minister and minister of public service Henry Muganwa Kajura.

He has died at the age of 72.

At the time of his brother’s death, minister Kajura was attending an on-going NRM retreat in Kyankwanzi while Hoima diocese’s apostolic administrator Lambert Bainomugisha was in Switzerland.

Rev Father Mathias Baguma who presided over the requiem mass said: “Our bishop has done his job well. He never wanted to lose anyone in his mission. He attended to his flock without reservation as Jesus did. We thank the Lord who have us this bishop.”

His other brother, Leonald Muganwa, said Byabazaire had significantly improved when he was discharged by doctors in New Delhi.

“Although he could not talk, he was able to move his hands. Upon reaching home at around 2am [Saturday], his nurse tried to take his pressure but the machine didn’t give any results. His blood pressure was low and the heart had stopped beating,” he said.

Doctors at Nsambya hospital tried to resuscitate the dying bishop, but he gave in to the fight at about 5am local time.

Another requiem mass will held in Kampala before the body is transferred to Hoima for burial.

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Africa in the dock at the ICC
The International Criminal Court, where the trial opens Wednesday of Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda, has launched investigations in eight African countries....
Dispute erupts, delegates’ conference halted
The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) delegates’ conference has been halted for about 30 minutes following a disagreement among members over genuine delegates....
Makerere forestry don Lwanga Ssali dead
Dr. Jeremiah Lwanga Ssali, a senior lecturer at the department of forestry and biodiversity at Makerere University has died.He died at CASE Hospital in Kampala on Monday....
Jailed former prison
The Commissioner General of Prison, has granted special status to Anthony Okwonga, 80, the jailed former Officer in Charge of Upper Prison and 25 inmate leaders who are about to complete their sentences....
Man sent to High Court for raping prostitute
A 30-year-old man, accused of raping a prostitute has been committed to High Court in Kampala for trial.The court presided over by City Hall Court Grade One Magistrate, Moses Darious Kakooza sent George Kamulegeya to the High Court after prosecution told court that investigations into the matter were complete....
Attack on UPDF: AMISOM verifying casualties
AMISOM is verifying the number of casualties and extent of the damage following an attack on an African Union base in Somalia, the head of AMISOM, Ambassador Maman Sidikou has said....
Are poor parliamentary debates a result of removal of school debates?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter