By Andrew Irumba
Bishop Samuel Kazimba Mugalu, of Mityana Diocese, has been elected the new Archbishop of the Church of Uganda and he has replaced Stanley Ntagali, who retired recently.
Mugalu was elected by the House of Bishops which converged at Namirembe on Tuesday night.
Archbishop Ntagali was elected and enthroned as Archbishop on December 16, 2012 at the age of 57, taking over from Henry Luke Orombi.
He turns 65 years old on March 1, 2020, and that is the mandatory age of retirement as Archbishops can serve only for ten years and no more.
The House of Bishops, the body that elects the Archbishop, is still holding closed-door sessions at the Provincial Office of the Church of Uganda, Namirembe.
The House of Bishops is comprised of all active Diocesan and Assistant Bishops. There are 38 Bishops in the House of Bishops.
Sources say the Bishop-elect faced strong competition from Bishop Sheldon Mwesigwa of Ankole Diocese, Bishop Samuel George Bogere Egesa from Bukedi,.
The Bishop-elect will not officially become the Archbishop until he is enthroned (installed) as the Archbishop, which will take place on Sunday, 1st March 2020 at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Namirembe.
However, jubilation has engulfed Anglicans all over Uganda as a resuly of this new development.