Thousands of mourners gathered at the Uganda Martyrs Anglican Shrine in Namugongo on Tuesday to witness the burial of the former Archbishop of the Church of Uganda Dr. Livingstone Mpalanyi Nkoyoyo.
Nkoyoyo, who died on Friday morning at Kampala hospital was suffering from cancer of the throat since last year.-
The ceremonial service led by the current Archbishop of the Church of Uganda Stanley Ntagali was graced with the attendance of the vice president of Uganda Edward Ssekandi, Catholic Archbishop of Kampala Cyprian Kizito Lwanga and other members of clergy, leader of opposition of Uganda Winfred Kiza, The Kattikiro of Buganda Kingdom Charles Peter Mayiga among others.
“He has been an example to man. He has built up a family and the results are the children that he has brought up and grandchildren. We praise God for that.” Archbishop Stanley Ntagali said
Nkoyoyo was the head of the Church of Uganda between 1995 and 2004 before Henry Luke Orombi took over his services in 2005 and was the third Uganda archbishop after Silvanus Wani 1980–1984, Yona Okoth 1984–1995.
Archbishop Nkoyoyo was born in 1938 as one of 25 children to Erisa Wamala Nkoyoyo, a sub-county Chief in Busimbi, Mityana. He attended Mpenja Primary School, in Gomba, then later moved to Aggrey Memorial School and Mityana Junior Secondary. His father’s work caused the family to move often, so Nkoyoyo dropped out of school after completing Junior Secondary School and became an auto mechanic, something that has been a lifelong interest.
In 1959 Nkoyoyo got saved at a youth camp at Ndoddo Church in Gomba. Not long after that he gave up auto mechanics for full-time ministry, beginning as a Church Teacher. He did an ordination training course and on 3rd June 1969, he was ordained a deacon at Namugongo.
On 1st May 1965 Nkoyoyo married Ruth Nalweyiso at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Namirembe. Originally reluctant to have his daughter wed a Church Teacher, Ruth’s father eventually gave his permission. Together, they have five children – Isaac, Naomi, Martin (deceased), Margret and Julius – and, over the years, have supported hundreds of other orphans and disadvantaged children.
Mama Ruth credited the success of their marriage to love and trust. She said, “He loved me unconditionally, and, because of this, I found it very easy to love back.” She also praised her husband because of his willingness to trust her with their home affairs, including the family finances.
After serving as the Assistant Bishop in Namirembe Diocese, Nkoyoyo was elected and enthroned as the first Bishop of Mukono Diocese in 1983. Then, in 1995 he was elected by the House of Bishops to be the 6th Archbishop of the Church of Uganda.