On 1 March, 2020, Rt Rev Dr Samuel Stephen Kaziimba Mugalu was enthroned as the 9th Archbishop of the Church of Uganda at St Paul’s Cathedral Namirembe – Kampala
Rev Kaziimba was elected in August 2019 to replace Rt Rev. Stanley Ntagali who had reached a retirement age of 65 having been elected and enthroned on December 16, 2012. Then, he was 57 years old.
“It is God who chooses ordinary people to use them for extraordinary purpose. This is all by the God’s Grace,” Archbishop Mugalu said last year, after his ‘shock’ election by House of Bishops.
Then, he added that he was not sure of being elected the 9th Archbishop of Church of Uganda – and it was a ‘shock’ to the people of Mityana Diocese.
He becomes the second archbishop from Buganda region after Livingstone Mpalanyi Nkoyoyo.
He was born on 15 August 1962, to Jessica Nanyonjo and Besweri Kaddu, at Gulama-Najja Village, Kyaggwe County, in present-day Buikwe district.
He attended Gakuweebwa Munno nursery school and then Lusaka primary school, in Katwe, a neighbourhood in Kampala. He was baptised by Canon Y. Baddokwaya, on 22 April 1973, at St. Luke’s Church Kibuye.
He was confirmed by Bishop Misaeri Kawuma, on 22 September 1979, at Namataba, Kyaggwe County, in present-day Mukono District.
In 2003, he was awarded a Master of Theology Degree and a Doctor of Ministry degree in 2007 both from Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan – USA.
Rt Rev Mugalu was ordained in December 1990 by Bishop Livingstone Mpalanyi Nkoyoyo, serving as ssistant vicar at Nakibizzi parish, Buikwe district from 1990 to 1994. He then served as parish priest at Katente parish from 1997 to 2000.
From 2000, he was the Vicar of Mukono Cathedral. While there, Bishop Michael Ssenyimba made him Acting Provost of Mukono Cathedral. He was confirmed as the Provost of St. Philip and Andrew‘s Cathedral Mukono, in 2004.
He was consecrated as a bishop and was installed as 4th Bishop of Mityana Diocese, on 26 October 2008 replacing Bishop Dr. Dunstan Kopriano Bukenya.
On 28, August 2019, he was elected to be the next Archbishop of Uganda by House of Bishops and got more than a two thirds majority of votes.
He is married to Margaret Naggayi Bulya and together are the parents of four sons.