OBITUARY: The Bishop Emeritus of Hoima Catholic Diocese, Rt. Rev. Albert Edward Baharagate Akiiki has passed away.
His death was confirmed by the Hoima Diocese Bishop, Rt Rev Vincent Kirabo on Holy Thursday 06th April 2023.
According to the letter released, Bishop Edward passed away on Holy Wednesday 5th April 2023 at 10:20pm in Nsambya Hospital.
Bishop Baharagate Akiiki was born February 25, 1930 at Nyamigisa in Masindi district of Mid-Western Uganda to Kwebiiha Isidore Abwoli and Kabanaku Febronia Abwoli of Abayonza clan.
He is the last of the four Ugandan Bishops consecrated by His Holiness Pope Paul VI on 1st August 1969 at Kololo Airstrip.
At Kitabi and through Katigondo Regional Major Seminary, Baharagate was a contemporary of his three co-future clergymen in Uganda whose influence and contribution to the Church remains significant: Bishop Barnabas Halem’Imana of Kigezi (Kabale), Bishop John Baptist Kakubi of Ankole (Mbarara) and Bishop Festo Magambo from Tooro (Fort Portal). The three were consecrated bishops with him on August 1, 1969. All the others are also deceased.
Baharagate was ordained to the priesthood on December 7, 1958 at Nyamigisa Parish, Masindi. His first assignment was as a chaplain at St. Leos’s College Kyegobe in Fort Portal.
He was installed as Bishop of Hoima Diocese on October 5, 1969 at Bujumbura Cathedral, in Hoima town, succeeding Bishop Cyprian Byeitima Kihangire.