By Kampala Post Reporter
Retired Archbishop of the Church of Uganda Dr Livingston Mpalanyi Nkoyoyo will be laid to rest at the Uganda Martyrs Shrine in Namugongo, according to Archbishop of the Church of Uganda (COU) His Grace Stanley Ntagali.
Nkoyoyo succumbed to pneumonia this morning at Kampala Hospital in Kololo aged 82. This is contained in a statement issued by Rev Canon Alison Barfoot, the Church of Uganda Communications Officer.
Nkoyoyo was rushed to Kampala Hospital on January 1 this year after his health deteriorated.
Ntagali said that the Church and Nkoyoyo’s family have agreed that he will be buried on Tuesday next week at the Anglican Martyrs Shrine in Namugongo. He will be the first Archbishop to be buried at the site.
The retired Archbishop of Church of Uganda fell sick in November 2016 and had an emergency lung operation last the following year. He returned from the UK last year in June after his condition had stablised.
Ntagali said the Church is thankful to God for Nkoyoyo's faithful ministry, adding that he will be celebrated a faithful servant 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 in part a statement from CoU.
Nkoyoyo served as Archbishop of the Church of Uganda from 1995 to 2004, pioneering several visionary initiatives, including upgrading the Bishop Tucker Theological College in Mukono into Uganda Christian University, the first university in Uganda to be privately chartered. He was also the first Vice Chancellor of the University that has grown from 120 students to more than 12,000 students.
Nkoyoyo also had a passion for the less privileged. 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 Nkoyoyo.
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.