UCU alumnus voted new bishop of North Kigezi


Rev Benon Magezi, an alumnus of Uganda Christian University (UCU), has been elected bishop of North Kigezi Diocese by the House of Bishops.

Bishop-elect Benon Magezi

The bishops sat Uganda Christian University (UCU) for their 23rd Church of Uganda Provincial Assembly from August 24 to 27, 2016.

Magezi will be consecrated the fifth bishop of North Kigezi Diocese on January 8, 2017 at Emmanuel Cathedral, Kinyasano, Rukungiri District.

He will succeed Rt. Rev Patrick Tugume-Tusingwire who has served since 2010.

Magezi credits being born into a Christian family as the foundation that paved the way for him to accept Christ as his Saviour in 1981.

“I even gave up teaching and ventured into full-time ministry. So I was ordained deacon in 1991 and I became a priest in 1992,” he said.

He was made a canon of Emmanuel Cathedral in 2015, and has since worked as the overseeer of several activities in seven different parishes of North Kigezi as well as the diocesan treasurer.

Magezi holds a Bachelor’s degree in Divinity from Bishop Tucker School of Divinity and Theology; a Certificate in Theology; and a Diploma in Theology from Bishop Barham University College, Kabale.

The Provincial Assembly brings together representatives from the 35 Anglican dioceses in the Houses of Laity, Clergy and Bishops after every two years.

This year’s assembly was held under the theme: “Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy. Without holiness, no one will see the Lord.”

Additional reporting by churchofuganda.org