Emmanuel Wamala
Archbishop Emeritus of Kampala
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
Appointed8 February 1990
Retired19 August 2006
PredecessorEmmanuel Kiwanuka Nsubuga
SuccessorCyprian Kizito Lwanga
Other post(s)Cardinal-Priest of Sant'Ugo (1994-)
Ordination21 December 1957
by Pietro Sigismondi
Consecration22 November 1981
by Emmanuel Kiwanuka Nsubuga
Created cardinal26 November 1994
by Pope John Paul II
Personal details
Birth nameEmmanuel Wamala
Born (1926-12-15) 15 December 1926 (age 94)
Kamaggwa, Uganda
ResidenceNsambya, Uganda
Previous post(s)
Alma materPontifical Urban University
Pontifical Gregorian University
MottoIn te Domine speravi
Coat of arms

Emmanuel Wamala (born 15 December 1926) was archbishop of the Archdiocese of Kampala, Uganda. He was created a Cardinal-Priest of S. Ugo in 1994. He served as archbishop of Kampala until he resigned on 30 September 2006.


Wamala was born in Kamaggwa parish of Lwaggulwe Masaka district, Uganda. He was ordained, on 21 December 1957, chapel of the Pontifical Collegio Urbaniano, Rome, by Pietro Sigismondi. In the same ceremony Stephen Fumio Hamao, future cardinal, was also ordained. He studied in Rome from 1957–1960 and had further studies in Uganda and United States, as well as pastoral ministry in the diocese of Masaka, from 1960 to 1981. He obtained a Bachelor of Theology. During this time he also served as inspector of diocesan schools and faculty member of the Minor Seminary of Bukalasa, chaplain and faculty member, and rector of University of Makerere. He served as vicar general of diocese of Masaka from 1974–1981. He was created Chaplain of His Holiness on 25 May 1977.


Styles of
Emmanuel Wamala
Reference styleHis Eminence
Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal styleCardinal
SeeKampala (Emeritus)

He was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 2005 papal conclave that selected Pope Benedict XVI, but has lost the right to participate in any future conclave as a result of passing his eightieth birthday. He has been succeeded in Kampala by Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga.

Wamala is a Patron of the African Prisons Project, an international non-governmental organisation with a mission to bring dignity and hope to men women and children in African prisons through health, education, justice and reintegration.


Catholic Church titles
Diocese created Bishop of Kiyinda–Mityana
17 July 1981 – 21 June 1988
Succeeded by
Joseph Mukwaya
Preceded by
Emmanuel Nsubuga
Archbishop of Kampala
8 February 1990 – 19 August 2006
Succeeded by
Cyprian Kizito Lwanga
Titular church created Cardinal-Priest of San Ugo
26 November 1994 –