Retired Archbishop of Uganda, His Grace Livingstone Mpalanyi Nkoyoyo, who, today morning breathed his last 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 this afternoon, Archbishop Stanley Ntagali communicated that the Church together with the deceased family have agreed that he will be buried on Tuesday, January 9 at the Anglican Martyrs Shrine in Namugongo. He will be the first Archbishop to be buried at the site.
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.
Nkoyoyo led the church for 10 years until he handed over to Henry Luke Orombi who also handed over to the current Archbishop Stanley Ntagali. Nkoyoyo was born in the current Mityana district in 1938 to Erisa Nkoyoyo Wamala and Naome Nakintu who have both since passed.
The burial ceremony will be preceded by a requiem mass at St. Paul's Cathedral Namirembe and a vigil at his home in Nakabago, Mukono. According to Ntagali, they are thankful to God for Nkoyoyo's faithful ministry and that they are to celebrate him as a faithful man of God.
"I thank God for the life of Archbishop Nkoyoyo. He was a passionate evangelist and a visionary leader. He was a man full of hope for the Lord's work and he never gave up. He has now been promoted to glory. Well done, good and faithful servant." reads part of the COU statement.
Retired Archbishop Nkoyoyo served as Archbishop of the Church of Uganda from 1995 to 2004. During his leadership, he pioneered many visionary initiatives, including upgrading the Bishop Tucker Theological College in Mukono into Uganda Christian University, the first university in Uganda to be privately chartered.
The university has now grown from the original 120 students to more than 12,000 students on the main campus, at two constituent colleges, and a number of study centres around the country.
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.