By Kitts D.Mabonga
MBALE: When the Bishop Emeritus Samwiri N.K.Wabulakha was first ordained into the priesthood in 1969. The pious priest could hardly have imagined that a building associated with UgandaChristian University, Mbale University College would be named in his honor more than 4 decades years later.
The newly constructed library and lecture room block will immortalize the works and life of the Retired Bishop.
Talking to the New Principal Mrs. Mary Manana She noted that the honor was well deserved as it will stand both as a testimony and landmark to the entire body of Christ.
Bishop Wabulakha as he was popularly known, was born in on 5th May 1943,in the former great Mbale district and what is now Manafwa District to Mr. Eliya Khaemba and Mrs. Yudesi Nabwire.
He studied at Bubulo Mixed primary School and later joined Bulucheke Secondary School for his Secondary Education before joining for Bishop Tucker Theological College in Mukono.in 1981 December Married Agnes Wabulakha who is now deceased and together they have seven children.
After ordination as a priest and he first served in Kachonga parish in the Now Butaleja District as a deacon but within a period spanning more than two decades he had risen through the ranks from a lay leader, to parish priest, curate and Diocesan Mission Coordinator. He was later appointed Vicar / Archdeacon of St. Andrews Cathedral in 1995 and Bishop Mbale Diocese in 1999.
During his tenure as a bishop, he set in motion a flourishing of Christian life in which he oversaw reforms in the church which saw the formation of Bukedi Diocese. The towering figure will be remembered fondly for having lived a simple and humble life and inspiring a revival in the church.
In 1977, as the Bishop Mbale Diocese, he shepherded the creation and establishment of Uganda Christian University Mbale/ Buwalasi Campus as an Eastern regionalcentre of Uganda Christian University.
Having played host to the Eastern Region Bishops.
As its first Board Chair: He oversaw the campus in its most trying times. “Lectures were conducted in two small huts and one big room” he recalls.Under his oversite the Campus grew in both numbers and structure and in 2015(10 years after he had retired as the Bishop Mbale Diocese) the Campus became the second constituent College of Uganda Christian University after Bishop Barham University College in Kabale.He showed his appreciation of the honour saying he was both excited and humbled.
For the University college, the naming of the new block after the Retired Bishop will set in motion a double celebration which will culminate in its 20th Graduation Part Two on Friday 26th July 2019.
Hon. Werikhe Kafabusa Werikhe Min. Of Trade and Prof, Diang Gyam, are scheduled to grace the graduation that will be held at the University College Grounds. This time round 363 students will graduate with Certificates, Diplomas degree and Masters Degrees on that day.