Bishop Onesimus Asiimwe Consecrated, Charged with Sustainability

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The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, Rev Dr Stephen Samuel Kaziimba Mugalu, has charged Bishop Onesimus Asiimwe and Christians of North Kigezi Diocese to engage in meaningful income-generating projects for the sustainability of church ministry and programs.

Archbishop Kaziimba made the remarks while presiding over the consecration and enthronement of Rt Rev Onesimus Asiimwe as the 6th Bishop of North Kigezi Diocese at Emmanuel Cathedral, Kinyasano, in Rukungiri Municipality today.

“Stand firm and earn an honest income so that God can bless you and generations to come won’t judge you harshly,” Archbishop Kaziimba said.

Bishop Onesimus after being consecrated on Sunday.

He added, “The Church should remain a transformational institution and exploit more opportunities as we serve the community. I thank the Government of Uganda for our mutual partnership in bringing services to the people of Uganda.”

Archbishop Kaziimba warned Christians of North Kigezi to desist from unprofitable and ungodly acts, reminding them that North Kigezi is known for the revival and great missionary work that evangelized the entire world and should be guarded jealously.

The Vice President, Major (Rtd) Jessica Alupo, who represented President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, said that the Lord has chosen Bishop Onesimus Asiimwe to lead the people of North Kigezi to righteousness and thanked the House of Bishops for electing him.

President Museveni commended the Church of Uganda for its commitment to teach people how they can improve their livelihoods and contribute to the development of the church and the country at large.

President Museveni called on all the believers to support the new bishop so that the diocese can develop.

The president donated a new brand of vehicle to Bishop Asiimwe to help him in his ministry.

In his sermon, Archbishop Emeritus of the Church of Uganda, Rt. Rev. Henry Luke Orombi, asked the new Bishop, whom he mentored since 1997, to be a good shepherd and guide God’s people to righteousness without discrimination.

“I got to know Bishop Asiimwe as a young man and saw in him a person passionate about evangelism and a rising star in him, and I am now happy that the rising star has risen since my prophesy of him becoming a servant of God and a bishop at most has come to pass,” Archbishop Emeritus Orombi said.

He asked him to become a leader who has followers because any leader without a following will find himself alone and charged him to touch the hearts of the young generation, which is being swayed away from the doctrine and a good upbringing.

“Some parents are absent and they have failed to do their responsibilities, and Satan is stealing them for bad vices like homosexuality,” Archbishop Emeritus Orombi said.

In his charge, Bishop Asiimwe said that he will use his time as the Bishop of North Kigezi Diocese to focus on evangelism with an emphasis on expanding the church both in numbers and infrastructure and also ensure promotion of family values.

“Prayer must be emphasized based on togetherness and unity.I will ensure that all our schools begin with morning prayers,” Bishop Asiimwe said.

He pointed out areas of specific focus, which will include: mission, evangelism, and revival; reconciliation; church prayers; clergy meetings; anti-homosexuality; gender-based violence; prayer in schools before opening; improvement of education; strengthening of the diocesan sacco; completion of the diocesan cathedral; and transformation of North Kigezi Health Center IV into a rural hospital, among many others.

The function was attended by the 1st Deputy Prime Minister, Rt Hon Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga, Ministers; Maj. Gen. (Rtd) Jim Muhwezi, Chris Baryomunsi, David Bahati, Henry Musasizi, Sarah Mateke, and Members of Parliament, among others.

The chairman of the organizing committee, Maj Gen (Rtd) Jim Muhwezi, and his team donated a brand new car with fuel to Mama Gladys Magezi, the widow of the late Bishop Benon Magezi, and also gave a retirement package to Bishop Patrick Tugume Tusingwire, who has been the caretaker bishop since the death of Bishop Magezi in 2021.

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