Yesterday, Archbishop Emeritus Livingstone Mpalanyi Nkoyoyo was laid to rest at Namugongo Martyrs Shrine at his request. Many described him as a selfless leader and in her speech during the burial, Ms Ruth Nkoyoyo said mourners should not mourn but rather celebrate the life of her husband, who died at the age of 80.
The former Church of Uganda Archbishop from 1995 to 2004, has been praised by many for leading several developmental projects in the country.
From establishing schools such as Bishop Nkoyoyo Matale in Buikwe District, and availing education opportunities for the needy as well as orphans, to being the first chancellor of Uganda Christian University, one of the leading private institutions of higher learning in Uganda, Nkoyoyo did a lot to see as many people as he could help, got an education. He knew that education was key and so he championed the development and should be commended for that.
He was different from many religious leaders, who today only focus on feeding and purifying the soul and yet forget about the physical needs of their congregations. Archbishop Nkoyoyo addressed needs of the soul in his sermons and needs of the body and mind in is hands-on projects.
The former Archbishop started Send a Cow in 1988, a development charity that works with all faiths, helping rural communities to generate incomes and as of last year, statistics indicate that there are more than 40,000 households, which have benefited. In a society today where individualism has taken over, from religious leaders to politicians and ordinary citizens, Nkoyoyo should be commended. His life should be an example for everyone to look at and aspire to emulate. President Museveni also recognised the late Nkoyoyo works for his developmental drives, notably the construction of the Uganda Martyrs Anglican Museum at Namugongo.
“I want to salute him for his passion for Namugongo. We are going to support the completion of the work there. The archbishop died when he was worried about Namugongo. That was a good death and he lived his life on earth about doing good,” Mr Museveni said at All Saint Cathedral.
From being praised as a very approachable person to being a faithful servant of Uganda, these are lessons that the late has left us to pick up in a country craving upright people.
We should therefore pick what good Nkoyoyo taught and left us with, and leave whatever wrongs he made, after all, he was just human.