President Yoweri Museveni has promised to support two of the Late Mpalanyi Nkoyoyo’s community development projects after hailing the late Arch Bishop as someone who loved God, did good and loved his neighbours.
Museveni made the promise while attending a requiem mass for the Soul of the late Archbishop Livingstone Mpalanyi Nkoyoyo that was held at All Saints Cathedral in Nakasero on Sunday.
Museveni hailed the late Nkoyoyo for initiating a number of development activities for the church including the Uganda Martyrs Museum in Namugongo and several other philanthropic projects such as a school for the blind and the deaf.
Museveni also hailed the late Nkoyoyo for championing the fight against poverty. “I have always urged the church to teach people to get out of poverty. I am going to support the work of the museum in Namugongo and the orphanage that Archbishop Nkoyoyo started. It has more than 75 blind and deaf children.”
Museveni added: “Nkoyoyo has run the race and fought a good fight. What matters is what you do while on earth. Someone can die while stealing or in a bar but the archbishop died when his foremost worry was the Namugongo Shrine project that he helped initiate. He used his time on earth to do good and help people. From the testimonies, one can see that the archbishop loved God with all his heart and might, and loved his neighbours. He walked in the footprints of Jesus.”
Museveni also praised what he called ‘the spirit of optimism exhibited by Mama Ruth, the widow.’ The widow Ruth Nkoyoyo, urged the congregation not to mourn the late Nkoyoyo but rather celebrate his life.
Nkoyoyo passed away on Friday January 5, 2018 at Kampala Hospital where he had been admitted. Archbishop Nkoyoyo returned to Uganda mid 2017 from the United Kingdom where he was being treated for cancer of the gullet.
Through his many initiatives, including striving to initiate the Church House along Kampala Road, the late archbishop will retain the legacy as one of the most outstanding persons to have led the Church of Uganda.