We have a new Song titled Bp. Bukomeko, the song welcomes the new Bishop of Mityana diocese who is to be installed on Sunday. He takes over from Bp. Stephen Kazimba Mugalu who is the Archbishop elect of the Church of Uganda.
About Bishop Bukomeko
At just 51 years, Bukomeko is one of the youngest bishops in the Anglican Church. He was born in a modest family but the instability in the seventies and eighties greatly disrupted his upbringing.
To overcome this, Bukomeko spent a great deal of his early life unsettled and always on the move between Luweero, Kampala and Jinja. The youngest of 12 siblings, a young Bukomeko moved to Jinja to join his brother, Enock Kizza, who worked as an engineer in one of the factories there.
He started primary studies at Kiyira nursery school and later Nalambai primary school till Primary Three. Later, he relocated to Kampala to join his sister, Milly Namubiru, and joined St Jude primary school in Naguru.
Due to instability in Kampala during the Idi Amin era, Namubiru took back Bukomeko to Luweero. While there, he resumed studies at Luweero Boys primary school. When the NRM launched a guerilla war in Luweero jungles in the early eighties, Bukomeko recalls that he together with some teenage peers wanted to join the struggle.
“Life was hopeless and everything unstable…I thought the only way to liberate myself was to join the struggle,” he recalls.
However, his father became suspicious after detecting their movements and diverted Bukomeko by sending him to deliver a sealed letter to Namubiru in Kampala. Unknown to Bukomeko, the letter bore strict instructions for Namubiru to keep him in Kampala.
When Bukomeko insisted to be allowed to go back to Luweero, she got him a place at St Jude Naguru primary school that very day. While at St Jude, Bukomeko recalls how he came to love boxing.
“It was survival of the fittest and I had to learn self-defence skills,” he says. “I used to go to different makeshift gyms around Naguru…boxing was a lot fun and I seriously considered a boxing career when I knocked out some of my opponents.”
However, that dream was shattered when Namubiru shifted to Bweyogere. Bukomeko tagged along but didn’t study for a year because his sister was financially struggling.
“My sister was struggling to look after us because of the insecurity. As a young man, I never gave up, I got a wooden wheelbarrow and started collecting water from the streams and supplying it to the people of Bweyogerere. Sometimes I dodged classes to make some money for our survival,” Bukomeko narrates.
He would later resumed studies in P7 at Naguru Katale primary school, where he fell in love with football. “I had become rusty in the ring after a year out and I resorted to football. I was also on the school team,” he says. Indeed, he used to escape from school to go watch football matches at Lugogo, especially when KCCA FC was in action. “If I missed a KCCA game, I would go the following day just to watch them training,” he recalls. “My games teacher saw I was so keen on football and tried to help me join City Cubs.”
That dream again evaporated when he joined St James SS, Jinja for secondary school. Here, things did not work out well because Kizza also had his problems and was unable to fully support him.
“I was determined to continue with my education. So, I got an old bicycle and started buying matoke and charcoal from the rural areas and riding them to Mbikko and Nakibizzi markets along the Jinja-Kampala highway for sale. I also worked at construction sites as a porter,” adds Bukomeko.
“With faith in God, I cannot see my difficult background as lost time, I will never complain because God prepared me for future challenges. During my time as a porter, I learnt a lot in construction and to date I can still some building chores.”