Kigezi to Remember Bishop Kivengere

Bishop Kivengere with his wife Merabu

The diocese of Kigezi preparing to mark 28 years since Bishop Festo Kivengere, treatment the first native bishop of the Diocese of Kigezi died of leukemia in 1988.

The function will be held on Sunday at St Peters Cathedral Rugarama and the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda His Grace Stanley Ntagali and Prime Minister  Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda are expected to attend.

Bishop Festo Kivengere was the first black Bishop of Kigezi Diosese and was fondly regarded as  one of the most remarkable Christians of the 20th century.

Dubbed the Billy graham  of Africa, Bishop Kivengere was consecrated  as the Bishop  of Kigezi  in 1972,  replacing  Rt. Rev. Richard Lyth  who was the pioneer Bishop  of Kigezi Diocese since 1976  till 1971.

Kivengere served until 1988 when he died of leukemia after returning   from exile and was buried at St. Peters Cathedral in Rugarama.

Only about a year after he was consecrated, the Bishop fled the country in 1973 to neighboring Kenya fo fear of his life, after speaking ill of President Idi Amin.

He return in the county in 1986 when the NRM government took power but died two years later. His wife Merab Kivengere also died in 2010.

Bishop Kivengere is remembered for preaching fearlessly against the evils of President Amin. He was fluent in several languages, and was a committed, loving husband and father.

He wrote several books, including Jesus Our Reality (1973), The Spirit is Moving (1979) and When God Moves (1976). He also co-wrote, with Dorothy Smoker, Hope for Uganda and the World: The Secret Rehabilitation (1980), I Love Idi Amin (1977), Love Unlimited (1975) and Revolutionary Love (1983).



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