By Naboth Isaac Niwagaba and Sophan Niwamanya
Rt. Rev. Eng. George Bagamuhunda has outlined his achievements as the 5th Bishop of Kigezi Diocese as he prepares his early retirement expected to be in June 2022.
In a press conference held at his residence located at Rugarama hill in Kabale Municipality, Bagamuhunda confirmed reports that he had tabled request for early retirement following health problems he did not reveal to the media.
Bagamuhunda said he recently met the Archbishop of Uganda Dr. Samuel Kazimba Mugalu and communicated his early retirement plan and the Archbishop gave him green light to retire, but after a period of at least one year.
Bagamuhunda who has been the Overseer of Kigezi Diocese since 2014 will be remembered for setting up a number of structures to facilitate the gospel ministry and sustainability of the Anglican Church in Kigezi region. Among many projects, his leadership will be remembered for constructing a modern house for the Bishop’s residence worth 800m shillings, a radio station, Fuel station in Hamurwa Subcounty-Rubanda District, a three storied building in memory of the Revival ministries of the 1980s, Girls’hostels for the Rugarama School of Nursing and Midwifery, and Extension of Rugarama Hospital that now has an operational theater, maternity and surgical wards.
Rev. Can. Erasmus Turyatunga described Bishop Bagamhunda as an action oriented leader.
Turayatunga said Bagamuhunda will be remembered for winning the trust of Christians who voluntarily contributed funds to facilitate infrastructural development, adding that the 63-year-old Bishop emphasized accountability and transparency in his leadership.
Bishop Bagamuhunda has served in the Church of Uganda for 38 years altogether.
After ordination in 1983, Bagamuhunda served at Kihanga Secondary as the school Chaplain. He was later posted at Bishop Barham Univesrity College to train Church Pastors he before left Uganda for the UK to persue studies in Water and Sanitation.
When he returned with a Master’s Degree in Infrastructure engineering specializing in water supply and Sanitation Bagamuhunda was given an opportunity to coordinate the water and sanitation program in the Diocesse of Kigezi.
By the time of his election as the Bishop of Kigezi Diocesse, Bagamuhunda had served in several positions including Provincial secretary of the Church of Uganda.