KAMPALA — Monsignor Henry Kyabukasa, the young brother of Emmanuel Cardinal Wamala has died, the Catholic Church has confirmed.
Msgr Kyabukasa who has spent nearly all his life training priests at Bukalasa Minor Seminary in Masaka Diocese died on Wednesday evening.
He was 91 years old.
Details of his death remain scanty.
The Leader of Opposition in Parliament Mathias Mpuuga has joined the Ordinary of Masaka in thanksgiving to God for the glorious Priestly life for one of Masaka’s most celebrated Priests; The iconic Msgr Kyabukasa.
“Sincere condolences to His Eminence Emmanuel Cardinal Wamala for the loss of his young brother”
“The lawns of Bukalasa shall never be the same again; for a man who has literally stepped on every inch of the same has rested
“Thank you Great teacher and Lord’s humble servant, sleep in the Lord you have so deligently served,” Mr. Mpuuga wrote.
Ugstandard.com understands that Msgr Kyabukasa had a painful leg that had confined him at his residence and he had chosen to live positively with his physical disability.
“The bones in the legs have become so old. It is quite painful to walk,” he was quoted in an interview in 2020.
Msgr Kyabukasa, who has been teaching English, History, and Latin, was until this year coaching seminarians for Advanced Level Latin examinations.
He was ordained priest in 1959 and served at Nkoni Parish in Masaka Diocese for about four months before Bishop Joseph Kiwanuka sent him and Fr Peter Musomero for a Diploma in Education at Makerere University, Kampala.
They resided at Northcote Hall, then under Hugh Denwidy as hall warden. Kyabukasa in a recent media interview said Bishop Kiwanuka would often visit to encourage them.
The course took two years as Kyabukasa studied English, History and Mathematics.
In 1962, he was posted to St Henry’s College Kitovu where his elder brother, late Bro Aidan Michael Mulabannaku, of the Brothers of Christian Instruction, was also teaching.
In 1963, Fr Kyabukasa was appointed teacher at The Holy Family Seminary Bukalasa where he has been for the rest of his life.
The only interruption came between 1963 and 1967 where he studied for a degree in English and History at the University of Oxford, UK.