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Kinkiizi Diocese Mourns Death of Bishop John Wilson Ntegyereize

A family member told URN on condition of anonymity that Ntegyereize breathed his last at Bwindi Community Hospital around 1:00 am this morning hours after being rushed there for treatment for an unknown illness.

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Christians and the clergy across Kinkiizi Diocese in Kanungu district are mourning the death of their first Bishop Rt. Rev. John Wilson Ntegyereize. A family member told URN on condition of anonymity that Ntegyereize breathed his last at Bwindi Community Hospital around 1:00 am this morning hours after being rushed there for treatment for an unknown illness. 

Ntegyereize, a resident of Kishenyi in Kanyantorogo sub-county, Kanungu district was enthroned Bishop on May 7th, 1995 after Kinkiizi diocese was curved from North Kigezi Diocese. Rev. Canon Kenneth Kanyankore, the Kinkiizi Diocesan Secretary told URN that Ntegyereize’s death is a very big loss to the diocese because he was serving as a good example in preaching the gospel.

Kanyankore also describes the late Ntegyereize as a developmental and strategic leader. He says that the late Ntegyereize will be remembered for being non-discriminative based on religious affiliations as would treat people of religious different denominations equally. 

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Donat Kananura, a Christian from Kyeshero sub-county describes Ntengyeeize as a man of God who would always advise Christians to set a positive legacy so as to serve as a good example even after their demise.

Precious Ngabirano and Francis Twinamatsiko, both Christians from Kanyantorogo sub-county, say that the late Ntegyereize will be remembered for cherishing education and preaching peace and reconciliation.

The 75-year-old late Ntegyereize served as the archdeacon of Nyakatare Archdeaconry until 1994 when the synod meeting at Kinyasano hill in the North Kigezi diocese resolved to create Kinkiizi diocese and elected him the first Bishop.  He served as the Bishop until October 10th 2010 when he retired and was replaced by Bishop Dan Zoreka.