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Don’t mourn for Archbishop Nkoyoyo, celebrate his life - wife

Ruth Nalweyiso Nkoyoyo, the widow of Archbishop Livingstone Mpalanyi Nkoyoyo, has asked mourners not to feel sad about the death of her husband, but instead celebrate the life of the departed prelate.

While eulogizing her husband at All Saints Cathedral in Nakasero, Mrs Nkoyoyo started by singing 'Tukutendereza Yesu', a popular Anglican hymn, composed by the late Reverend Simeone Nsibambi.

"We have come to celebrate the life of my friend. He has gone to be with his God whom he served and loved very much," Ruth told mourners.

Nkoyoyo, a retired Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, died on Friday at Kampala hospital where he had been undergoing treatment for Pneumonia. He was 80. In early 2017, Archbishop Nkoyoyo underwent successful treatment for cancer in the United Kingdom.

Ruth Nkoyoyo lays a wreath on her husband's casket

Ruth says her husband of 52 years always told people not to feel sad at his passing. The couple got married on May 1, 1965 at St. Paul's Cathedral, Namirembe. Together, they had five children - Isaac, Naomi, Martin (deceased), Margret and Julius Nkoyoyo.

In 2015 when the couple celebrated 50 years in marriage, Ruth talked of love and trust as the bedrock of their long marriage. "He loved me unconditionally, and, because of this, I found it very easy to love him back," she said.

Nkoyoyo's children described him as "unique man who was strong and real". From individual experiences, Isaac Nkoyoyo said, his presence has always given them safety. He said they all felt secure "because there was someone much stronger and wiser."

The family said Nkoyoyo had friends from all denominations - with his religious might cutting across all beliefs. He had passion for a martyrs museum at Namugongo and looked forward to its completion. President Yoweri Museveni pledged to complete the museum. He said he will hold discussions with Archbishop Ntagali to see what's needed.

James Abola, the head of laity at All Saints Cathedral, lauded the departed archbishop for championing the construction of the new cathedral at Nakasero. Abola said the kingdom of God expanded under the leadership of Archbishop Livingstone.

Representing the clergy, the vicar of All Saints Cathedral, Reverend Canon Geoffrey Byarugaba, said Nkoyoyo also steered the construction of Church House which had stalled for decades. His hand was all over several other projects including the Bishops’ palace and synod.

Even in his retirement, said the vicar, Archbishop Nkoyoyo was busy with the construction of the Uganda martyrs museum, Namugongo.

The vicar said Archbishop Nkoyoyo stood firm against liberal theology and abnormalities including homosexuality. He said: "We are going to miss a leader who had a big heart and who raised the position of catechists in the church. Let's emulate him and take his legacy forward."

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-7 #1 WADADA rogers 2018-01-08 08:47
Sorry madam about the death of your husband but dont tell us what to do, some of us are so sad that he is dead and it is only natural to mourn, some of us are mourning because after all his hard work for the lord, there is a high likelihood that he has gone to hell,

some of us are happy that the man is dead because he stepped on one or two toes while he lived while some of us are happy that he has gone to live with the Lord.
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0 #2 Wooden K. 2018-01-08 16:44
Nga kilato nnyo Mama Ruth Nkoyoyo!

Our condolencies to you and the whole family.

NAYE , why do you have to bring lugezigezi in our culture ? !

We are AFRICANS , UGANDANS and BAGANDA -

We mourn and cry when our loved ones die .

This nonsense of behaving like a funeral is a happy celebration must be condemned . It is not ours.

Didn`t women cry when Juses died ?

Why didn`t they call it a celebration ?
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+1 #3 Wooden K. 2018-01-08 16:56
Woloolo !

A good Bishop is a dead one .

Now that Nkoyoyo has died , he was a "principled man" ?

Our dear leader H.E. President Super Glue Ndiwulira has been in the chair for ages . Nkoyoyo was here as well. Was there any day when H.E. consulted Nkoyoyo on the best way to run this country ?

Why can`t Archbishop Ntangali remind Dear Leader to respect religious leaders while they are still alive ?

How we miss Cardinal Nsubuga and Bishop Kawuma !

When Oyite Ojok died , they said the truth.
They never pretended that in his death , Oyite Ojok had suddenly become Uganda`s "treasure".
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+1 #4 Wooden K. 2018-01-08 20:36
Hello OBSERVER
wake up and show what we think about current affairs.

Surely , it does not take a whole damned day to read through our comments and then decide to publish them or not.

Show some respect !!!
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