By Ivan Mwine
The rate at which the deadly Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is ravaging Ugandans has reached alarming levels.
The latest high profile Ugandan to succumb to the pandemic is Bishop Benon Magezi, who was the Bishop of North Kigezi diocese.
Bishop Magezi’s demise was confirmed by his widow Ms Gladyce Magezi, who informed a few close family members, relatives and colleagues, among them newly elected Rujumbura county legislator Rtd. Maj. Gen. Jim Muhwezi.
“Dear brothers, it’s sad to announce the demise of Bishop Benon Magezi of North Kigezi diocese. The wife rang me and was calm and strong, but pray for her at such a time as this,” Gen. Muhwezi wrote on social media, announcing the Bishop’s death.
Born December 24, 1960, Magezi was consecrated as the fifth bishop of North Kigezi diocese on January 8, 2017, replacing Bishop Partrick Tugume Tusingwire.
The diocesan secretary Rev Can Enock Karamuzi, confirmed his death too in a telephone interview and said: “It’s true, we have lost our bishop in this time of Covid-19. We call for God’s mercy to bless the entire church of Uganda and his family. It is so unfortunate but that God’s plan; he is the giver and the taker. He has been our fountain and a development oriented person who we shall miss. He had been hospitalized for some time,” Rev can Karamuzi said.
However, it should be noted that Bishop Karamuzi’s death comes at a time when cases of COVID-19 infections and deaths in the country are rapidly increasing.
According to information from the Ministry of Health, the total cumulative cases stand at 64,251 after 1,422 more Ugandans tested positive for COVID-19 on June 13, 2021.
So far, 508 have died as a result of COVID-19, with the highest number having been recorded between last week and mid this week, during 49 people were claimed by the virus, the highest record since the pandemic broke out in Uganda in March 2020.
The deceased, whose burial shall be scientific in a bid to observe the Ministry of COVID-19 regulations, is survived by a widow and five orphans.