Rt. Rev. Moses Banja Consecrated as the 6th Bishop of Namirembe Diocese

KAMPALA,(UG)-Rt. Rev. Moses Banja was yesterday duly consecrated and enthroned the sixth bishop of Namirembe Diocese, the oldest in the province of the Church of Uganda.

The occasion, presided over by the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, His Grace Dr Stephen Samuel Kaziimba Mugalu, at St Paul’s Cathedral Namirembe in Kampala, marked the transition from Bishop Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira, who served the diocese for over 14 years since his consecration as the 5th Bishop in May 2009.

Banja was elected Bishop of Namirembe Diocese by the House of Bishops sitting at St Stephen’s Cathedral Naluwerere in Bugiri Municipality (in the newly carved out East Busoga Diocese) on November 20, 2023. The new prelate was born on October 20, 1964 in Nakabugo-Bbira, Busiro of Wakiso district, accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior on December 3, 1989, and was ordained in 1996 and priested in 1998. Before his election to the episcopal role, he served as the Archdeacon of Luzira Archdeaconry.

The day’s preacher, Bishop Nathan Ahimbisibwe of South Ankole Diocese, urged Bishop Banja not to become a burden to his flock, and to share the burden of ministry with clergy and lay members, emphasizing the importance of collaborative efforts for the greater good of the church.

Bishop Luwalira also encouraged his successor to preach, convince, and convert new souls.

Rt. Rev. Banja, who holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Divinity from Makerere University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Education from the same institution, is married to Rev Can Prof. Olivia Nassaka Banja, the current Ndejje University Vice Chancellor, and together, they are blessed with three children.