BY AGGREY TWESIGYE
The late Rt.Rev.George William Tibesigwa,the Bishop Emeritus of Ankole diocese was Saturday laid to rest at St.James Cathedral Ruharo in Mbarara City.The Bishop passed away at Mayanja memorial hospital in Mbarara City on August 9,2023.
His Grace Steven Kazimba Mugalu,the Archbishop of the church of Uganda led the requiem service.The chief mourner,Milly Babalanda the Minister for Presidency ,was represented by Chris Rwakasiisi the Senior presidential advisor on Special Duties.In his message, Babalanda said that the country has lost a great potential, and hardworking religious leader who used his position to rally the public to embrace peace ,unity and development adding that he will be remembered for humility.
She described Tibesigwa as a great citizen and a servant of God . Babalanda said that the death of the late is a very big loss to the
National Resistance Movement.
During his sermon,His Grace Steven Kazimba Mugalu acknowledged that Tibesigwa’s wise counsel on conflict resolution would be missed.He said the deceased was a very good teacher who taught him sociology at Bishop Tucker Theological college in Mukono district.
Bishop Sheldon Mwesigwa of Ankole diocese said they have lost a father , brother, wonderful friend,and humble servant of God whose contribution to the church will never be forgotten.
Efrance Tibesigwa the wife of the late Prelate said he will be remembered for his simplicity, humility,time management,and friendliness.
The office of the president contributed shs.88million shillings to foot burial expenses.
About the Deceased.
Tibesigwa was born on July,17th,1945 in Ntungamo district.He accepted Jesus as personal savior in 1957.Got married to Efrance Mirembe on December,31,1977.
He is survived by five biological children.
Tibesigwa died on Wednesday afternoon while undergoing treatment at Mayanja Memorial hospital where he had been admitted since the beginning of this week. He had been diagnosed with diabetes. Tibesigwa served as the 4th bishop of the Ankole diocese from 2007 until July 2010. He succeeded retired bishop Elisha Kyamugambi.
At the time of his election, Tibesigwa was serving as the principal of Barham University College in Kabale. Tibesigwa was the first principal to be appointed to Bishop Barhum University, a Kabale-based constituent college of Uganda Christian University.
His election came to some as a surprise after the House of Bishops had rejected Dr Rev Wilberforce Kamukama and his brother Rev Dr Grace Karamura then nominated to replace Elisha Kyamugambi who was about to retire.
He took over after Bishop William Magambo was appointed the caretaker by the Most Reverend Henry Luke Orombi, the then archbishop of Uganda. Tibesigwa was consecrated in Mbarara on 2nd September 2007, together with the Rev. John A.M. Guernsey, an American priest then canonically resident in North Kigezi diocese.