Retired Archbishop Livingstone Mpalanyi Nkoyoyo has died. The Church of Uganda archbishop, Stanley Ntagali said the retired Archbishop died on Friday at Kampala Hospital where he had been admitted.
He is said to have been down with respiriratory cancer. His body has been taken to the hospital mortuary.
Archbishop Nkoyoyo returned to the country on June 29, 2017 from London, UK where he had been admitted since 2016 after he was diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus.
In January 2017, The Church of Uganda launched a nation-wide fundraising drive aimed at raising money to meet the medical costs for an operation to save Mpalanyi Nkoyoyo in his war against cancer. Late 2016, Bishop Nkoyoyo was rushed to the United Kingdom after his condition deteriorated.
Archbishop Nkoyoyo returned in July 2017 from London, UK where he had been admitted since 2016 after he was diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus. His wife, Ms Ruth Nkoyoyo, narrated the hard times that the family went through during the time her husband was bedridden,
It alleged that Nkoyoyo’s health worsened following the visit of Pope Francis in November 2015. It is suspected that the pressures as well as the stresses he endured as the chairperson of the fundraising committee to build the Uganda Martyrs Museum at Namugongo contributed to worsening of his health.
Archbishop Nkoyoyo served the Church of Uganda between 1995 to 2004 before handing over to Henry Luke Orombi.
Nkoyoyo was born in 1938 to Erisa Wamala Nkoyoyo and Nawume Nakintu (both deceased). His father was a sub-country chief in Busimbi Mityana during Sekabaka Edward Mutesa II’s reign.
Like many chiefs of the time, Nkoyoyo’s father was wealthy. Unlike many of his peers, he grew up surrounded by wealth. His father had land in Kisenyi, Kampala, Bweyogere, Mityana and in Kyaggwe Matale. Nkoyoyo would later after retirement become a budding entrepreneur in his own right.
Archbishop Nkoyoyo served as Primate of the Anglican Church of Uganda from 1995 to 2004 and shepherded the church through the political tumult following the country’s return to democracy.
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