The immediate past Mbarara Archbishop Paul Bakyenga has died. His death has been announced by the Ecclesiastical Province of Mbarara today morning.
Bakyenga has died at the age of 79. He was born on 30 June 1944, in Bumbaire Village, Igara Sub-county, which is Bushenyi District, in Western Uganda.
Mbarara Catholic leadership said Bakyenga went to Ibaare Primary School, he later joined Ibanda Preparatory Seminary from 1958 until 1960.
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With the call to serve God, Bakyenga joined Kitabi Seminary in 1961 where he graduated with a High School Diploma. From here, he joined Bukalasa Minor Seminary, in present-day Kalungu District for his A-Level studies.
Bakyenga joined Katigondo National Major Seminary to study philosophy and later went to St Andrews College in Scotland, where he graduated in Theology.
He becameva priest on 11 July 1971 at Mbarara and served as priest a Catholic priest until 1989 when he was appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Mbarara.
Later on, Bakyenga was appointed first Archbishop of Mbarara on 2 January 1999, after it was elevated to the Archdiocese status.
The now deceased Archbishop Emeritus retired on April 25, 2020 after reaching the canonical year of retirement and was succeeded by His Grace Lambert Bainomugisha.