Kampala – The Rt. Rev. Patrick Tugume has been named as the Caretaker Bishop of North Kigezi Diocese by the Most Rev. Dr Stephen Samuel Kaziimba, Archbishop of the Church of Uganda.
In a statement issued on Friday, Rev. Canon Captain William Ongeng, Provincial Secretary, revealed the development that will see Rt. Rev. Patrick Tugume as the Caretaker Bishop of North Kigezi diocese.
“Archbishop Kaziimba made the announcement during today’s funeral and burial of the Rt. Rev. Benon Magezi at Emmanuel Cathedral, Rukungiri,” read statement issued by Rev. Canon Capt. Ongeng.
Bishop Magezi went to the Lord on Tuesday June 15 after being hospitalised at Mulago Hospital succumbing to Covid-19.
According to the Constitution and Canons of the Church of Uganda, when a diocese falls vacant, the Archbishop automatically becomes the Bishop of the Diocese and takes on all ecclesiastical authority. The Archbishop may, however, appoint a retired Bishop to serve on his behalf as a Caretaker Bishop.
Bishop Tugume retired as the Bishop of North Kigezi on 8th January 2017 when he handed over to Bishop Benon Magezi as his successor.
Rev. Canon Capt Ongeng revealed that Bishop Tugume brings a wealth of experience, local knowledge, and spiritual maturity to the role.
Archbishop Kaziimba called for people to pray for the family of Bishop Benon Magezi and to pray for retired Bishop Patrick Tugume as he takes on the leadership of a grieving Diocese.