Busoga Diocese pioneer Bishop, Rt Rev Cyprian Bamwoze Monday morning was pronounced dead following a three year battle with cancer.
Bamwoze according to close family friends died at Uganda Cancer Institute in Mulago where he had been receiving treatment.
“Bishop Bamwoze has rested from an excruciating protracted ill health,” a close family friend told Nile Post.
Bamwoze’s death comes three years after the death of his wife Maama Naomi Bamwoze who succumbed to cardiac arrest in June 2016 at Mulago Hospital.
Since Naomi’s demise, Bamwoze has been suffering ill health, in February 2017, he was rushed to Nakasero hospital in critical condition after complaining of severe stomach complications. He was admitted for a week at the facility while religious faithful in Busoga interceded for him in prayer night and day.
Bishop Bamwoze was the first Bishop of Busoga Diocese being consecrated in 1972 after upon the creation of Busoga Diocese from Namirembe.
However, during his reign in office, Christians in his diocese blamed him for being pro-Obote and UPC (Uganda People’s Congress), arrogant and a poor administrator.
The diocese also threatened to leave Church of Uganda if Bamwoze remained bishop. The highlight of this turbulence came in 1999 when worshipers hurled stones at him.
Bamwoze eventually retired in 1999 to a quiet and comfortable life, with a fish farm in Nakakabala village in Kamuli district. He was replaced briefly by Dr Michael Kyomya and later Rt Rev Samson Moses Naimanhe