Cyprian Kizito Lwanga
Archbishop of Kampala
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
Appointed19 August 2006
Installed30 September 2006
PredecessorEmmanuel Wamala
Ordination9 April 1978
by Emmanuel Kiwanuka Nsubuga
Consecration1 March 1997
by Emmanuel Wamala
Personal details
Born(1953-01-19)19 January 1953
Naggalama, Uganda
Died3 April 2021(2021-04-03) (aged 68)[1]
Kampala, Uganda
Previous post(s)Bishop of Kasana–Luweero (1996–2006)
MottoOra et labora ut habeant vitam
Styles of
Cyprian Kizito Lwanga
Reference style
Spoken styleYour Grace
Religious styleBishop

Cyprian Kizito Lwanga (19 January 1953 – 3 April 2021) was a Ugandan Roman Catholic prelate who served as Archbishop of Kampala from 2006 to his death. From 1996 to 2006, he served as Bishop of Kasana–Luweero.[2]

Background and education

Lwanga was born on 19 January 1953 at Kyabakadde Village, in Naggalama Parish, in present-day Mukono District in the Buganda Region of Uganda, within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lugazi.[2][3]

Lwanga attended Kyabakadde Primary School. He entered Nyenga Seminary in 1964. Between 1972 and 1974, he studied at Katigondo National Major Seminary, in present-day Kalungu District. He then studied Theology at Ggaba National Seminary, in Kampala. In 1979, he joined the University of Clermont-Ferrand in France, where he studied administration and languages, with particular emphasis on administration. Later, he studied at Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome, where in 1994, he earned a doctorate in Canon Law.[3]


Lwanga was ordained a priest on 8 April 1978 at Rubaga Cathedral by Cardinal Emmanuel Kiwanuka Nsubuga. He served as a priest of Kampala Archdiocese until 30 November 1996.[2]


Lwanga was appointed first bishop of the Diocese of Kasana-Luweero on 30 November 1996 and consecrated bishop on 1 March 1997 at Kasana-Luweero, by Cardinal Emmanuel Wamala, Archbishop of Kampala, assisted by Bishop Joseph Bernard Louis Willigers, Bishop of Jinja and Bishop Paul Lokiru Kalanda, Bishop of Fort Portal.[2]

On 19 August 2006, Lwanga was appointed the third Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Kampala and was installed as the third Archbishop of Kampala on 30 September 2006 at Rubaga Cathedral, succeeding Cardinal Emmanuel Wamala, who resigned.[2]

On 2 February 2020, Lwanga issued a decree that Catholics in the archdiocese of Kampala could only receive Holy Communion on the tongue and not on the hand.[4][5][6]


In his last public appearance on Good Friday 2 April 2021 during the way of the cross he criticized the violations of human rights in Uganda, fueling rumors of him being poisoned.[7] Lwanga was found dead in his house on 3 April 2021.[8][9][10][11] Before and after the elections of 14 January, Lwanga has repeatedly expressed fear of being killed.[12]

See also


  1. ^ Kenneth Kazibwe (3 April 2021). "Archbishop Cyprian Lwanga found dead in house. The Kampala Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga has passed on, the Nile Post has learnt". Kampala: Nile Post Uganda. Retrieved 3 April 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d e David M. Cheney (24 March 2020). "MicroData Summary for Cyprian Kizito Lwanga". Kansas City: Retrieved 31 August 2020.
  3. ^ a b Archdiocese of Kampala (2020). "His Grace Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga". Kampala, Uganda: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kampala. Retrieved 31 August 2020.
  4. ^ George Okello (9 February 2020). "Decree! Archbishop Lwanga bans Holy Communion by hand, mass outside church in Kampala Archdiocese". Kampala: PML Daily. Retrieved 31 August 2020.
  5. ^ Archbishop Cyprian Lwanga reportedly dies
  6. ^ Uganda Radio Network (3 February 2020). "Archbishop Lwanga issues decree on Eucharist, introduces contracts for priests". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 31 August 2020.
  7. ^ "Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwange last appearance in public". NTV. 3 April 2021. Retrieved 24 July 2021.
  8. ^ Wandera, Derrick. "Kampala Archbishop Cyprian Lwanga found dead in his house at Lubaga just after 12 from his critic speech. He was later burried inside Lubaga Cathedral on 8th April 2021. Bp Paul Ssemwogerere of Kasana Luweero Diocese was elected by Pope Francis as a caretaker bishop for Kampala Archidiocese". Daily Monitor. Retrieved 3 April 2021.
  9. ^ "Kampala Archbishop Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga dies at 68". New Vision. 3 April 2021.
  10. ^ Times, Uganda (3 April 2021). "Just In: Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga found dead". The Uganda Times - Uganda News, Uganda Updates, Breaking News, World News, Business, Travel, About Uganda | Home. Retrieved 4 April 2021.
  11. ^ URN. "Archbishop Kizito Lwanga, 68, found dead in his room". The Observer - Uganda. Retrieved 4 April 2021.
  12. ^ "Lwange post-mortem results still inconclusive".
Catholic Church titles New diocese Bishop of Kasana–Luweero1996–2006 Succeeded byPaul Ssemogerere Preceded byEmmanuel Wamala Archbishop of Kampala2006–2021 Vacant