BY STAFF WRITER
Former Archbishop Livingstone Mpalanyi Nkoyoyo needs prayers where he is admitted for treatment in the UK. Nkoyoyo was recently flown out of the country to the UK for specialised treatment after being ill for several months. By the time he left for UK, he could neither eat solid food nor drink normally and was mainly depending on fluids.
Family sources said he had serious pain in the chest.
The Standard learnt that he was diagnosed with cancer of the throat although the reports could not be verified.
Meanwhile, Uganda Christian University (UCU) has joined the fundraising drive for his treatment. Rev Amos Kimera, the assistant chaplain of UCU, told The Standard that the university community and the Chaplaincy have so far contributed Shs2.1m in the fundraising drive.
“The Church is standing together with the family of Bishop Nkoyoyo and he is not helpless. People who heard that he is sick are also fundraising for him,” said Michael Mubangizi, UCU’s communications and marketing manager. “For instance, the Abagagga Kwagalana Club has raised some money for his treatment.”
Rev Samuel Wasswa, the planning and development officer at Mukono Diocese, told The Standard that when the former archbishop became ill, he was first taken to Nairobi in Kenya for check-up and treatment in December.
Wasswa added that Nkoyoyo was later referred to London after doctors in Nairobi failed to handle his situation. Nkoyoyo’s trip to London was organised by the Church of Uganda and he was accompanied by his wife, The Standard learnt.
“After the medical tests were done in London, he was admitted but he needed £60,000 (approximantely Shs270 million) to undergo an operation. This is when different dioceses under the Church of Uganda were mobilised to come out and be part of the fundraising,” Wasswa explained.
Nkoyoyo last had public engagements when Pope Francis visited the Anglican Shrine on November 28, 2015.
Efforts to establish the amount of money so far collected in the diocese were futile.
But Rev Wasswa said there is a joint account in Centenary Bank Lugogo Branch where all the money collected for Nkoyoyo is put. He said Mukono Diocese has so far contributed Shs21m on top of the Shs82m President Yoweri Museveni donated.
Before being installed archbishop, Nkoyoyo was bishop of Mukono Diocese.
Among the things he will always be remembered for was spearheading the establishment of a Christian university, which became UCU.
Role at UCU
Dr Alfred Olwa, the dean of the Faculty of Divinity and Theology said that Nkoyoyo is a man of exceptional character, particularly persuasion. He persuaded Prof Stephen Noll to come from the United States to be the first vice chancellor.
“Prof Noll left his country and came to Uganda because of Nkoyoyo,” he explained.
Olwa added that there was a plan to retain the theological college in Mukono and to constuct a university in Buwalasi but Bishop Nkoyoyo pushed the idea of having the university in Mukono.
“He was very passionate about seeing a Christian university here,” he said.
Nkoyoyo is also instrumental in aiding orphans. He is the director of Chain Foundation Uganda that caters for people with disability, orphans and other vulnerable children. The school, opened in 2009, works with several compassionate partners who donate funds to help children.
Nkoyoyo attended Mpenja Primary School in Gomba before heading to Aggrey Memorial School in Mityana for his secondary education. Nkoyoyo had a unique passion for church at a younger age. Although he loved mechanics, his love for church would never be drained.
He trained at Uganda Company garage to be a mechanic.