The Catholic Church in Uganda is mourning the passing of Rev Fr Gerald Mukwaya, a famous priest and prolific musician who composed numerous Catholic hymns including the famous ‘Bebale Amansi ne Mapeera‘, which is played mostly in commemoration of the Uganda Martyrs.
Fr Mukwaya passed away Friday morning at the age of 83.
Born in Kayunga district, Mukwaya been serving as priest in Masaka Diocese, having served previously in the parishes of Nkoni, Bukulula and Kimaanya, after which he was sent to Germany for studies.
He was later posted to Butende and Narozaali parish, before being sent to Australia to specialize in youth ministry. He later served as the national youth chaplain, and parish priest of Ssaza Parish.
During his ministry, Mukwaya wrote a number of church songs such as Asaana Kwebaza and Beebale Amansi ne Mapeera, among others, which he composed in commemoration of the centenary of the Catholic Church in Uganda in 1979. He has also written about 50 poems.
Fr. Gerald Mukwaya has also been a Scouts and Guides trainer, and has been a teacher of the Word of God on Radio Sapientia.
He will be buried on Monday 4th March 2019 at Bukalasa and the requiem mass will take place on the same day at 12.00pm