The Christian community and the nation at large mourn the passing of Rt Rev Dr George Tibesigwa, the former Bishop of Ankole Diocese. He passed away at the age of 78 on Wednesday, as confirmed by officials.
The Archbishop Steven Kaziimba released an official statement confirming his passing at Mayanja Memorial Hospital in Mbarara City. Expressing his sorrow, Archbishop Kaziimba said, “Saddened by the passing of my brother Bishop George Tibesigwa, who went to be with the Lord today. He served diligently as the Provincial Secretary of Church of Uganda.”
Tibesigwa’s health had been in decline for a while. Reports indicate that he had been grappling with dementia and other health-related issues over the past years.
His contribution to the church and the larger community cannot be understated. Tibesigwa took up the mantle as the fourth Bishop of Ankole Diocese in 2007, succeeding Rt Rev Elisha Kyamugambi. He shepherded the diocese for three years, reaching retirement age in 2010. Rt Rev Sheldon Mwesigwa succeeded him, with an enthronement ceremony held on July 18, 2010.
In addition to his contributions to the church, Tibesigwa had the honor of serving as the Senior Presidential Advisor on Religious Affairs for South Western Uganda. This position showcased his commitment not just to the spiritual wellbeing of the community but also to its socio-political fabric.
The Ankole Diocese has, meanwhile, announced that they will release details regarding the burial arrangements in due course. As the nation mourns this great loss, Rt Rev Dr George Tibesigwa’s legacy in both religious and political spheres will be remembered fondly.