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Kampala: Jonah Lwanga was the Metropolitan of Kampala and All Uganda, in Central Africa under the Eastern Orthodox Church of Alexandria, until his death yesterday Sunday September, 6 2021. His see was Kampala, with jurisdiction over all Uganda. This church, numbering about 60,000 people dates back to the 1930s.
He was born on 18 July 1945 in the village Ddegeya, Uganda. Lwanga’s grandfather, Obadiah Basajjakitalo, was one of the two initial leaders of the Orthodox Church in Uganda along with Ruben Spartas Mukasa.
He completed his general education in Bulemezi and Kyaddondo, Uganda (1952-1964).
In 1964-1968 he studied at the Ecclesiastical School of Crete. In 1968-1978 he held a degree in Theology and Philosophy from the University of Athens.
In 1979−1981 he served as Secretary of the Orthodox Mission in Uganda.
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On 1 May 1981, he was ordained a Deacon, in 1982 he was ordained a priest.
On 27 January 1992, he was ordained vicar Bishop of Bukoba.
On 12 May 1997, he was elected by the Holy Synod as Metropolitan of Kampala and all Uganda.