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PM Rugunda (right) greeting the new Bishop of Busoga Diocese Rev. Can. Paul Naimanhye, after his consecration at Bugembe Stadium in Jinja. Photo by PMPU.

The new Bishop of Busoga Diocese, Reverend Canon Samson Paul Naimanhye Mukembo has been consecrated and enthroned.

He replaces Dr. Michael Kyomya, who retired after 16 years at the leadership of the Anglican Church in Busoga.

Naimanhye was consecrated at a ceremony organized at Bugembe Stadium adjacent to the diocesan headquarters.

The function was presided over by the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda Stanley Ntangali and the Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda represented President Museveni as chief guest.

Naimanhye, who has been the Dean of Christ Cathedral Bugembe in Jinja, was elected at a meeting of House of Bishops on July 31, last year.

He becomes the third bishop to be consecrated in Busoga diocese.

In a message read on his behalf by Dr. Rugunda, President Museveni applauded the good working relationship between the Church and Government.

He therefore urged religious leaders to continue supporting Government development projects in areas such as education, aimed at fighting ignorance while promoting literacy.

He congratulated the new Bishop and his wife upon his elevation.

“God has chosen you to take up this challenge of shepherding his people and because of this you are blessed,” he said, adding, “I salute the Church leadership upon its decision to elevate you to this position.”

Museveni said Government was committed to continue the development effort with particular emphasis on increasing household incomes.

Rugunda announced that the President had earlier donated a vehicle to the new bishop to enable him perform his pastoral duties.

Ntagali, who presided over the consecration, welcomed Naimanhye to the house of Bishops and urged him to work for all humanity.

Bishop Kyomya on his part thanked the Archbishop, bishops and Christians for their love and team spirit over the last 16 years.

He urged them to continue the same spirit with the new Bishop.

Other dignitaries who graced the occasion included the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga, the Kyabanzinga William Nadiope Gabula, Ministers, MP’s and the President of UPC, Jimmy Akena.

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