Kampala. The Uganda Episcopal Conference, the congress of bishops that oversees the Roman Catholic Church affairs in the country, has elected Bishop Joseph Antony Zziwa as their new head.
Bishop Zziwa, who heads the Kiyinda- Mityana Diocese, replaces Gulu Archbishop John Baptist Odama who has headed the secretariat for the last eight years.
Archbishop Odama has completed his two non-renewable terms of office.
According to officials at the secretariat, Bishop Zziwa who has served the Kiyinda Mityana Diocese for 16 years was elected during a meeting on Sunday.
The officials yesterday also revealed that Fort Portal Catholic Diocese Bishop Robert Akiiki Muhiirwa was elected as the deputy chairman of the conference.
The Rev Fr Philip Odii, the secretariat spokesperson, confirmed the election but declined to divulge the details advising the public to wait for the official communication.
About bishop Zziwa
Bishop Zziwa was born on February 16, 1956 at Kasambya Village, Mubende Parish. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Kampala on November 16, 1980. He was On December 18, 2001 he was appointed co-adjutor bishop of Kiyinda-Mityana Diocese and consecrated a bishop on March 16, 2002.
Bishop Muhiirwa was born in Ibonde, Virika Parish in Fort Portal Diocese on October 25 1958. He was ordained priest on August 11, 1985. On March 18, 2003, he was appointed Bishop of Fort Portal Diocese and installed on June 15, 2003.