Mbarara, 18 June, 2020 / 10:45 pm (ACI Africa).
Arrangements are underway in Uganda for installation of Archbishop Lambert Bainomugisha of Mbarara who will on Saturday, June 20 join the list of Church leaders that have been installed without the pomp and color that characterized practices of such magnitude in Africa before the outbreak of COVID-19.
On his installation, Archbishop Bainomugisha, 58, will become the second Archbishop of Mbarara Archdiocese after his April 25 appointment when Pope Francis also accepted the resignation of 75-year-old Archbishop Paul Bakyenga who has served the Archdiocese since his appointment as Coadjutor Bishop in March 1989 and later its first Archbishop in January 1999.
The installation ceremony will take place on the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary on Saturday, June 20, after being postponed several times, according to local media.
Archbishop Emeritus Bakyenga told Ugandan media that his successor, Archbishop Bainomugisha will be installed in a special ceremony to be attended by only 100 people due to the COVID-19 restrictions.
“The ceremony could not wait for the lockdown to be lifted because, according to the Church law, it has to take place not more than two months from the day of the appointment,” the retired Archbishop who will mark his 76th birthday on June 30 said.