Mourners praise former bishop for his anti-gay position

Mr Aston Kajara, who represented President Museveni, lays a wreath on the casket of former Rwenzori region bishop Eustace Kamanyire. The President praised the late for his stand against homosexuality. Photo by Ruth Katusabe

Kabarole- President Museveni has praised the deacesed former bishop for Rwenzori region Eustace Kamanyire for being hardworking and outspoken against homosexuality in the Church and in Uganda.

In his condolence massage delivered at the burial by the State Minister for Investment, Mr Aston Kajara, President Museveni said Uganda had lost a person who could fight Western cultures to promote African cultural norms.
The deceased was laid to rest at St John’s Cathedral in Fort Portal Town on Thursday.

“The late Bishop could not fear losing support from foreign countries for his Orphan Project during his campaign against anti homosexuality in church,” Mr Museveni’s message read in part.

President Museveni commended the late bishop for starting up Sunrise Orphanage Centre and giving outstanding support to needy children even after foreign donors pulled out their support after the deceased campaigned against homosexuality.

In June 2000, Dr Kamanyire received a letter banning him from preaching in a church in England over his opposition to the ordination of gay priests and sanctifying of gay marriage.

The letter, written by Rht Rev Peter Selby, the then Bishop of Worchester, banned Kamanyire from even stepping in the Diocese of Worcester.
Mr Kajara described the deceased as an evangelist and a crusader for the people of Tooro.

The President contributed Shs10m towards burial expenses.