Kampala — Rev Fr Deogratias Kiibi Kateregga, simply referred to as Fr Kiibi by most parishioners, is just in his fourth year of priesthood, having been ordained in 2014 by the Arcbishop of Kampala, Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga.
He is youthful in appearance and deed, and on Friday worked himself into the hearts of Ugandans during the church service for artiste Mowzey Radio, who died on Thursday of injuries he sustained during a brawl in a bar in Entebbe just over a week ago.
The manner of Mowzey's death cast into sharp focus the conduct of artistes, and various speakers, including the Katikkiro (prime minister) of Buganda, Mr Charles Peter Mayiga, emphasised the need for artistes to examine the way they conduct themselves. Mr Mayiga urged them to seriously consider hiring professional managers to guide their affairs.
Against that background, Fr Kiibi started by addressing queries he had perhaps received, that Mowzey, having died in such circumstances, was not worthy of being prayed for in Rubaga Cathedral. "Those who are angry that we have prayed for his soul in this church can come and beat me up," Fr Kiibi cheekily said, provoking bouts of laughter. The afternoon was to see many such moments.
By the time Fr Kiibi was done with his summon, he was the talk of the town. So who is the youthful priest? We could not readily establish his actual age, but sources at Rubaga say he is in his late 20s. He is said to be one of the most trusted "generals" at Rubaga hill, with so many roles just four years into priesthood.
Currently, Fr Kiibi is the assistant Cathedral administrator and the information co-odinator for Kampala Archdiocese, in addition to being the assistant chaplain for the youth.
Archbishop Lwanga recently entrusted him with reviving the defunct church newspaper, Munno, and we understand that preparations are underway to have the paper running in the coming months.
He holds a Bachelors degree in Philosophy, Bachelors degree in Theology, a Master's degree in Religious and Theological Studies, and a diploma in Social and Religious Studies.
Fr Kiibi is currently in his second year pursuing a Master's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication at Makerere University.