Mayiga praised Kiwanuka for being a visionary and courageous leader, who always identified people’s problems and found appropriate solutions to them.
PIC: Archbishop Lwanga greets Hon. Kasule Lumumba as Fabian Kasi, left, Dr Saturninus Mulindwa and Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga look on. This was during the 25th Archbishop Kiwanuka Annual Memorial Lecture at Pope Paul Memorial Hotel on Thursday.Photo by Mathias Mazinga
The Katikkiro of Buganda, Charles Peter Mayiga has asked Ugandans to develop a culture of commemorating individuals and events.
He argued that if a leader has no sense of history, he or she will find it hard to know the problems of the people and will also not be able to find appropriate solutions to them.
Mayiga made the remarks during the 25th Archbishop Kiwanuka Memorial Lecture at Pope Paul Memorial Hotel on Thursday.
Mayiga praised Kiwanuka for being a visionary and courageous leader, who always identified people’s problems and found appropriate solutions to them. He asked contemporary African leaders to emulate Kiwanuka’s principles and examples.
The Archbishop of Kampala, Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga spoke highly of the important role that Kiwanuka played during the canonization of the Uganda Martyrs.
He said it was Kiwanuka who convinced Pope Paul VI to canonize all the Uganda Martyrs. Some people were proposing that only Charles Lwanga be canonized but Kiwanuka put up a spirited defense which convinced the Pontiff to canonize all the martyrs.
Archbishop Dr Joseph Nakabaale Kiwanuka the first black African Bishop South of the Sahara also an alumnus of Bukalasa
The Lecture was delivered by the Managing Director of Centenary Bank, Fabian Kasi, who discussed the topic: Economic Empowerment and Evangelisation: Experience from Centenary Bank.
Kasi also praised Kiwanuka as a visionary and prophetic Prelate, who emphasised the integral development of Christians, the Church and the state throughout his episcopate.
He commended the Catholic Church for establishing institutions like Centenary Bank, Caritas, Pax Insurance and Weekembe Micro-Credit Scheme, which he said were furthering Archbishop Kiwanuka’s pastoral principal of integral development.
A brief on Kiwanuka
The Most Rev Dr Joseph Nakabaale Kiwanuka is arguably one of the greatest Prelates that the Roman Catholic Church has produced.
He pioneered a highly successful native African episcopate, which began in 1939, when Pope Pius XII appointed him as the first Vicar Apostolic of Masaka (May 25, 1939).
His consecration took place at St Peter’s Basilica, Rome on October 29, 1939. Kiwanuka is widely acknowledged for his prophetic wisdom, integrity and visionary leadership, which enhanced the development of the Church and state in Uganda.
Kiwanuka was born at Nakirebe, in Mpigi District, on June 25, 1899. His parents were Felicitas Nankya and Victoro Katumba Munduekanika.
He attended Mitala-Maria Primary School (1910-1914), Bukalasa Minor Seminary and Katigondo National Major Seminary. Bishop Streicher ordained him a priest at Villa-Maria Pro-Cathedral on May 26, 1929.
He joined the novitiate of the White Fathers in Algeria and consequently became a member of the congregation on October 12, 1933.
He became Bishop of Masaka in 1939. He was appointed Archbishop of Lubaga Archdiocese on December 20, 1960. He passed on at Rubaga Hospital on February 22, 1966.