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Joyous scenes as Stephen Kaziimba enthroned as ninth Archbishop and Primate of Uganda

Posted on: March 3, 2020 1:55 PM
Archbishop Stephen Kaziimba receives the Primatial Cross during his installation service as the ninth Archbishop of Uganda during a service at St Paul’s Cathedral in Namirembe on Sunday.
Photo Credit: Church of Uganda
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[ACNS, by Staff Writer] The President of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, joined more than 3,000 people on Sunday (1 March) at St Paul’s Cathedral in Namirembe for the installation of Stephen Kaziimba as the ninth Archbishop and Primate of the Church of Uganda. Primates from eight other Anglican Communion primates, including the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby; as were leaders from other Christian Churches.

President Museveni told the congregation that the model of unconditional forgiveness through Jesus’ death and resurrection provided a better hope for Africa than the cycle of revenge that is so much a part of African traditional religion. He spoke of the uniqueness of Christianity through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and the hope of resurrection for those who trust in Jesus Christ.

In the days prior to the service, the retiring Archbishop of Uganda, Stanley Ntagali joined staff at the provincial secretariat to greet the then-Bishop Stephen on his arrival in Namirembe. During a meeting at the provincial office, Archbishop Stanley presented Bishop Stephen with a Handover Report detailing the state of the Province. 

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Incoming Archbishop Stephen Kaziimba receives a “handover report” from outgoing Archbishop Stanley Ntagali in the days prior to his installation.
Photo: Church of Uganda

During the service, there was a legal and ceremonial handover as Archbishop Stanley handed the Provincial Staff to Archbishop Stephen prior to the new archbishop being seated in the Primatial Chair.

Music as the service comprised of traditional Anglican hymns alongside spontaneous outbreaks of Tukutendereza – the traditional hymn of the East African Revival.

Quoting Jeremiah 17.9-10, the newly installed Archbishop laid out the priorities for his term as Archbishop. He called for a full conversion of head, heart, and hands; and committed himself to fulfilling Vision 2025 – the Church of Uganda’s strategic plan – whose mission is “to proclaim the Gospel in accordance with Christ’s commission to make disciples of all nations.”

“When we do this,” he said, “then I believe we will see our vision fulfilled. We will see the Church of Uganda become a faster growing sustainable Christ-centred church.”