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Orthodox Church head Metropolitan Jonah Lwanga is dead, full biography

By Kabuye Ronald

The Uganda Orthodox Church leader His Eminence Metropolitan Yonah Lwanga, 76 years is dead.

The sad news of his death has been communicated on the official Facebook page of the church though it doesn’t give more details.

“Our Spiritual Father has gone to meet the Lord!!!” they posted and attached his photo.

Our reliable sources revealed that the deceased has been Hospitalized in Athens capital city of Greece and today a special prayer for his quick recovery and His Eminence Innokendios Byakatonda Metropolitan of Burundi and Rwanda were conducted.

The cause of his death has not been revealed yet.


Jonah (Lwanga) was the Metropolitan of Kampala and All Uganda, in Central Africa under the Eastern Orthodox Church of Alexandria, until his death in September of 2021. His see was Kampala, with jurisdiction over all Uganda. This Church, numbering about 60,000 people dates back to the 1930s.


Born 18 July 1945 in the village Ddegeya, Uganda. Lwanga’s grandfather, Obadiah Basajjakitalo, was one of the two initial leaders of the Orthodox Church in Uganda along with Ruben Spartas Mukasa.

He completed his general education in Bulemezi and Kyaddondo, Uganda (1952-1964).

In 1964-1968 he studied at the Ecclesiastical School of Crete. In 1968-1978 he holds a degree in Theology and Philosophy from the University of Athens.

In 1979−1981 he served Secretary of the Orthodox Mission in Uganda.

1 May 1981 he was ordained a Deacon, in 1982 he was ordained a priest.

On 27 January 1992 he was ordained vicar Bishop of Bukoba.

On 12 May 1997 he was elected by the Holy Synod as Metropolitan of Kampala and All Uganda.

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