Retired Archbishop of Uganda, His Grace Livingstone Mpalanyi Nkoyoyo, this morning breathed his last. Nkoyoyo was admitted early this week after suffering from Pneumonia and will be laid to rest at the Anglican Martyrs Shrine next week.
Nkoyoyo, 82, died this morning at Kampala hospital in Kololo. According to a statement issued by Rev Canon Alison Barfoot, Church of Uganda communications officer, Nkoyoyo succumbed to pneumonia. He was admitted at Kampala hospital on Monday January 1, 2018 and died this morning, ending a battle against cancer that lasted more than a year.
Speaking to journalists at Kampala Hospital, Ntagali thanked God for the life of the deceased whom he described as a faithful servant of God.
“We are thankful to God for his faithful ministry, he was looking after many children. He mentored many people, clergy and all of us bishops,” Ntagali, who is also the Bishop of Kampala said of the sixth Archbishop of the Church of Uganda.
Nkoyoyo has been battling cancer of the oesophagus and by the time of his death was receiving treatment at Kampala hospital. Previously, Nkoyoyo had been treated at a London hospital but the huge hospital bills forced the family to appeal to well-wishers, the government, the church and the kingdom of Buganda for monetary contributions to clear the outstanding bill.
In the middle of last year, he returned to the country in what his handlers and himself, were to later tell the public at Namirembe Cathedral during a thanksgiving service that he was feeling much better.
Ntagali said that his death will be a celebration of the work he did for God while serving as a man of God.
“He served the Lord, the church and country faithfully.”
Opposition and Forum for Democratic Change strongman Dr.Kizza Besigye described the late Nkoyoyo as an effective preacher for a long time who will be greatly missed.
“My thoughts and prayers are with the widow, family and friends,”Besigye posted on his twitter account.
During his preaching, Nkoyoyo was famous for using idioms and proverbs in a bid to drive points home. Nkoyoyo was born in 1938 to Erisa Wamala Nkoyoyo and Nawume Nakintu (both deceased) and his father was a sub-country chief in Busimbi Mityana during Sekabaka Edward Mutesa II’s reign.
He leaves a legacy of several orphanages and primary schools, including ones that care for the blind and other physical disabilities started early in his ministry together with his wife, Ruth.
In retirement, Nkoyoyo was able to combine his entrepreneurial gifts and ministry passions into such projects as building the Rest Gardens Retreat Centre in Bweyogerere, establishing the Words of Hope Radio Ministry, and leading the fundraising and construction efforts for the Uganda Martyrs Museum in Namugongo.
In addition to all the projects and ministries he initiated, Archbishop Nkoyoyo was, at heart, an evangelist. He was a tireless preacher, taking every opportunity to give his testimony and calling people to repentance and into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.
Archbishop Nkoyoyo was born in 1938 as one of 25 children to Erisa Wamala Nkoyoyo, a sub-county chief in Busimbi, Mityana.
According to Ntagali, the deceased’s body will be taken to All Saints Cathedral in Nakasero on Sunday and on Monday it will be driven to St. Andrews and St. Phillips Cathedral in Mukono before being taken to his home in Nakabago, Mukono district.
Nkoyoyo will be buried on Tuesday at Namugongo.