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Background of Busoga Diocese

Busoga Diocese is geographically located in Eastern Uganda, neighbouring the Dioceses of Mukono, Bukedi and Lango. Busoga is nearly surrounded by water an the early explorer, John Speke, mistakenly referred to her as an island. To the westis Kiira River (formally River Nile) which marks the boundary between Busoga and Mukono Diocese. To the East is river Mpologoma which separates Busoga from Bukedi Diocese. River Mpologoma and Lake Kyoga to the north of Busoga where it forms the boundary between Busoga and Lango Dioceses. To the south is Lake Nalubaale (formerly Victoria) with several large islands. Some of the large islandsbelong to Busoga Diocese and these are Sigulu and Dolwe.

The Busoga Diocese presents a unique blend of nature and an illustrious community of Bantu people, Basoga being the dominant tribe. Other tribes living in Busoga include Basamya (dominat in Namayingo district), and Banyole. Spanning six political administrative districts (Jinja, Kamuli, Buyende, Bugiri, Mayuge, and Namayingo), Busoga Diocese holds a remarkable number of tourist destinations such as the Source of River Nile (Kiira) which makes the region one of the leading contributor to the nation’s foreign exchange earnings.

Busoga Diocese boasted of ten districts until 2017 when Central Busoga Diocese was curved off from it, which consists of four districts, i.e. Iganga, Kaliro, Luuka and Namutumba. Actually, another Diocese, East Busoga is meant to be curved off from Busoga Diocese, comprising of Bugiri and Namayingo districts. But at moment, East Busoga is yet to be inaugurated, so that area is still under Busoga Diocese.

The history of Busoga Diocese cannot be divorced from the history of Christianity in Busoga. Attempts to plant Christianity in Busoga were first made by the Church Missionary Society (CMS) missionaries, Fred Charles smith and Cyril Gordon, in February 1891, long before the evangelization of the rest of the Eastern region of Uganda. The CMS first established themselves at Namakoko (Chief Wakoli’s place) in south Busoga while the White Fathers, a Roman Catholic order also opened a station in the following month, further north at Kitwekyambogo (Tabingwa’s place). With the arrival of these two missionary groups and their establishment of missionary centers in Busoga, Christianity was to expand and develop in Busoga.

Through the work of the CMS in collaboration with Africans, especially Baganda converts, a number of congregations were established at the different mission centres which later became church parishes hence forming what is now known as Busoga Diocese. Before becoming Busoga Diocese, these parishes formed one Busoga archdeaconry, under Namirembe Diocese of the Church of the province of Uganda. Later in mid1972, Busoga diocese was inaugurated, comprising of two archdeaconries, i.e. Jinja and Iganga, eight Rural Deaneries, thirty parishes, 170 sub-parishes and about five hundred and sixty village churches.Today the Diocese has 10 archdeaconries (Jinja, Muguluka, Kamuli, Buyende,Waitambogwe, Kyando, Buwunga, Bugiri, Muterere) and one Deanery (Christ’s Cathedral Bugembe, which is the headquarters of the Diocese), with a total of 92 parishes. Busoga Diocese has so far seen three Bishops, namely; Rt. Rev. Cyprian Kikuni Bamwoze (1972 – 1998), Rt. Rev. Dr. Michael A. S. Kyomya (2000 – 2015) and Rt. Rev. Paul Moses Samson Naimanhye (2016 – Date).


A diocese which is spiritually mature, growing, with self-sustainability and fulfilling her ministries.


To effect spiritual renewal and vitality, church growth and development in a spirit of team work in the diocese.

Core values

  • Christ-centeredness
  • Unity
  • Teamwork
  • Faithfulness to the Bible
  • Integrity

Strategic objectives

  • To mobilize the church to gather for worship and become empowered.
  • To aid the community to experience the love and power of Jesus Christ in
    their lives
  • To present authentic biblical teachings in equipping the church for holistic
  • To present authentic biblical teachings in equipping the church for holistic
  • To equip believers with stewardship values for development.

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Diocese Location

Bugembe Cathedral

Jinja ,Uganda