Bishop Kakubi: Mbarara Still in Shock

Bishop Kakubi celebrating his 50years  in priesthood

A team of East African Community (EAC) Election Observers has Friday morning been dispatched to various locations across Uganda.

Comprising of 17 observers representing; legislative assembly, this human rights activists, symptoms civil society and Ambassadors, the mission is guided by EAC’s principles on election observation.

The team arrived in Uganda on February 7 upon invitation by the government of Uganda to monitor the elections.

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Former Tanzanian President, H.E Ali Hassan Mwinyi who heads the mission told journalists that the team will observe the concluding campaign stages and engage stakeholders and monitor vote counting.

“We shall be guided by democratic principles outlines by African Union charter and other EAC instruments to ensure that our conduct is impartial and objective manner.”

H.E Mwinyi further noted that; “The Mission will issue a statement to the press on February 20 and later release a comprehensive report at the end of elections.”

He remarked that so far the Mission has noticed that the ongoing campaigns are peaceful and harmonious.

The Secretary General of the East African Community, Ambassador Dr. Richard Sezibera hailed retired Tanzanian President for agreeing to head the mission and his continued support to EAC.

“As a community, we are more than observers but rather partners. We hope that the exercise will be accurate and impartial to uphold confidence as our brothers in Uganda express their right to choose leaders,” said Dr. Sezibera.

The Secretary General referred to election observation as an important ritual adding that the Mission be given chance to do their work.
The Catholic Church in Mbarara in western Uganda is still straining to take in the news of the departure of its first indigenous Bishop John Baptist Kakubi, for sale who passed away yesterday Thursday.

Bishop Emeritus Kakubi breathed his last the Kampala Hospital after battling hypertension.

At the Nyamitanga Cathedral in Mbarara town, prescription Chimpreports caught up with Sister Mary Germina Keneema, information pills the diocesan executive secretary  who told us the that archdiocese and the Catholic Church in Uganda had lost a profound member of the clergy.

Bishop Kakubi passed away in Kampala on Thursday

Bishop Kakubi passed away in Kampala on Thursday

She said Christians in Mbarara were taken aback on hearing the sad news from Kampala.

A requiem mass was held for the departed cleric at Lubaga Cathedral in Kampala on Friday morning.

His body is expected in Mbarara tomorrow where another mass while be held at noon and there after he will be laid to rest Nyamitanga cathedral church in Mbarara according to the preliminary program.

Sister Keneema told Chimpreports that the late Kakubi had asked and could still be buried at St. Joseph’s Vocational School Chapel, one of the schools he founded.

She described the deceased as a hardworking person who turned many toward the Christian light and urged all Christians and church leaders to follow in his footsteps.

Bishop Imeritus Kakubi in his home Ibanda

Bishop Imeritus Kakubi in his home Ibanda

Kakubi will be the second Bishop of Mbarara Diocese to be buried at Nyamitanga after late Bishop Jean Marie Ogez who was ordained on December 1956 and died in July 2000.

Born of late Rafaili Ziridamu and Kandida Kiremire in Mbarara District present Isingiro district on 23rd September 1929 at Kyanyanda Village in Rugaaga sub county, Mbarara District (present day Isingiro district); Bishop Kakubi was the first ordained Ugandan Bishop of Mbarara Diocese

He went to school at Birunduma Primary School in 1938, Katigondo Major Seminary before being appointed a curate at Nyamitanga on 1st December, 1961.

He later joined the teaching profession at Katigondo major seminary from January 1963 to December 1964.

Kakubi was ordained a priest on June 11, 1960 and was consecrated a bishop by Pope Paul VI at Kololo on August 1, 1969 together with retired bishop of Hoima, Edward Albert Baharagate.

He was later appointed a parish priest at Nyamitanga parish priest in 1966 to 1967 before being appointed a rector at Kitabi seminary in 1968 January to August 1969.

He retired on November 23, 1991 and died yesterday aged 86.



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