Former Masaka Bishop Kagwa succumbs to Covid-19
Bishop Emeritus of Masaka Diocese John Baptist Kaggwa has passed on.
Rev Fr Ronald Mayanja, the diocesan communications director, confirmed that he succumbed to Covid -19.
“It’s true the Bishop has gone to be with the Lord; he succumbed to Covid-19, which he has been battling for two months,” Fr Mayanja said in a telephone interview last evening.
Authorities didn’t give details of his death but unofficial sources say he has been undergoing treatment at Mulago hospital.
Bishop Kaggwa last year officially retired after the Catholic Church installed Serverus Jjumba as new Bishop for Masaka.
John Baptist Kaggwa (born on 23 March 1943) has been a Roman Catholic prelate who was Bishop Emeritus of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Masaka, where he served as the Ordinary from 10 January 1998 until his retirement on 16 April 2019.
The deceased bishop will for long be remembered for promoting social-economic development and open remarks on governance and political issues.
In the run up to last week’s General Elections, the deceased advised the government to consider postponing the polls if aspiring candidates could not hold open air campaigns under the current coronavirus situation.
Under his stewardship, Masaka Diocese embraced many development projects, including construction of new schools, rental houses, farms and plantations and two shopping arcades.
One of the arcades in Masaka City was named after him and another in Kampala -all intended to generate more income to the diocese. The diocese also started a radio station, Centenary FM.