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Fr. Gerald Mukwaya dies, burial programme out

Rev Fr. Gerald Mukwaya, a priest of Masaka diocese passed on. (COURTESY PHOTO)

KAMPALA – Rev. Fr. Gerald Mukwaya died in Mulago Hospital on the morning of Saturday, March 1, the Uganda Episcopal Conference (UEC) has confirmed.

Mukwaya will be buried on Monday, March 4, in Bukalasa Masaka district where he served in various parishes.

According to the programme, there will be a requiem Mass at 12.00 noon.

Fr. Mukwaya has been a renowned priest Masaka diocese following a number of Catholic songs including the famous Bebale Amansi ne Mapeera, among others.

He was born at Kayunga, in Masaka, on October 16, 1936.

According to information by UEC, he was ordained a priest on December 13, 1964.

He subsequently served in parishes such as Nkoni, Bukulula and Kimaanya, after which he was sent to Germany to study brick-laying.

He was later posted to Butende and Narozaali parish, before being sent to Australia to specialize in youth ministry.

He later served as the national youth chaplain, and parish priest of Ssaza Parish in Masaka.

During his ministry,  Mukwaya has written songs such as Asaana Kwebaza and Bebale Amansi ne Mapeera, among others, which he composed in commemoration of the centenary of the Catholic Church in Uganda in 1979.

Fr. Mukwaya a scout and guides trainer has written about 100 poems.

He has been a teacher of the Word of God on Radio Sapientia in Kampala.

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