Uganda: Retired Bishop of Busoga Cyprian Bamwoze Dead

11 February 2019

The retired Bishop of Busoga Diocese, Rt Rev Cyprian Bamwoze died early on Monday Morning after a long battle with blood cancer (leukaemia).

Bamwoze who has been fighting for his life since 2015 breathed his last at the Uganda Cancer Institute in Mulago. His death was confirmed by Bukedi Diocese Bishop Samuel George Egesa.

Bishop Bamwoze was Busoga's pioneer bishop being consecrated in 1972 after upon the creation of Busoga Diocese from Namirembe.

He, however, retired in 1998 after years of turbulence among his flock who accused him of maladministration and arrogance. He was succeeded by Dr Michael Kyomya.

Despite his unstable health, the Bishop who hailed from Nakakabala in Kamuli District has always resisted being treated in private health facilities saying that senior figures who seek treatment there only delay government moves towards putting in place a public health system that caters for all Ugandans.

In June 2016, the Bishop lost his wife Naome Bamwoze which is said to have weakened his life more. In February 2017, Dr Bamwoze was admitted at Nakasero hospital after having stomach complications.

On March 14, 2018, New Vision online reported that the retired bishop was battling blood cancer (leukemia) and needed about Shs100m for treatment at the Uganda Cancer Institute.

His nephew, the Rev. Can. Eric Kasirye, Bamwoze told the publication that the Dr Bamwoze was diagnosed with cancer in August 2017 and had since been in and out of hospital.

Bamwoze's cancer was at stage IV, characterised by progressive painless enlargement of lymphoid tissue throughout the blood and suffers extra lymphatic involvement.

NB: This is a developing story and will be updated as more information comes in.

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