By Ivan Mwine
The former Kampala Archdiocese Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Achilles Mayanja Ssali on Saturday survived a horrible accident that occurred along the Masaka-Kampala Road.
Fr. Mayanja, who was traveling together with Ivan Aloysius Kakooza, a Catechist, is currently in hospital nursing the injuries he sustained following the life-threatening incident.
Information about what caused the accident is scanty but we have established that the incident occurred after another vehicle knocked Fr. Mayanja’s car, a Land Cruiser VX registration number UBF 621X, which was terribly damaged.
Fortunately, Fr. Mayanja and Kakooza survived with minor injuries and were rushed to hospital for medical attention as the police investigate the matter.
Mayanja started his call to the Catholic sacerdotal ministry when he was still a little boy.
He attributes his vocation to the strong religious influence of his parents and the family’s proximity to the parish church.
Mayanja, the eighth in line of 12 children (six boys and six girls) started his priestly training at Nyenga Minor Seminary (1981-87).
He later studied Philosophy at Katigondo National Major Seminary, subsequent to which he joined St Mary’s National Major Seminary, Ggaba, for his theological studies.
He was subsequently ordained a priest at Lubaga Cathedral on July 16, 1994.
Mayanja was subsequently appointed as a curate of Lubaga Cathedral Parish.
He worked under Msgr John Waynand Katende (whom he calls his mentor) for three years, after which he was appointed as the parish priest of Nabbingo Catholic parish (1997-2003).
In 2003, he went to the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (Nairobi), where he did his Master’s Degree in Pastoral Theology. Upon return (2005), he was made the founding parish-priest of Wakiso.
A year later (2005), Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga named him as the Parish-priest of Rubaga Cathedral. He reigned as the arch-priest of Rubaga Cathedral until 2012, when he was appointed as the parish-priest of Kansanga.