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South Rwenzori Diocese Gets New Bishop after 17 Years of Bishop Nzerebende’s Service

The House of Bishops has on Tuesday elected Reverend Canon Nason Baluku the third Bishop of the Diocese of South Rwenzori.

This was announced by William Ongeng, the provincial secretary of Church of Uganda.

“The election was made by the House of Bishops of the Church of Uganda sitting at Namirembe Guest House, Kampala on August 11, 2020,” Ongeng said in a statement.

Ongeng announced that Baluku will be consecrated and enthroned as Bishop on December 13, 2020 at St Paul’s Cathedral, Kasese.

He will succeed the Rt Rev Jackson Nzerebende who has been the Bishop of the Diocese since 2003.

Rev Canon Baluku was born on March 15, 1967 in Mahango Sub-county on the slopes of Rwenzori mountains in Kasese district.

He holds a Master of Arts in organizational leadership and management and Bachelor of community leadership and Development, both from Uganda Christian University and a provincial certificate in Theological Studies from Bishop Balya Theological College.

Rev Canon Baluku was ‘born again’ at the age of 12 on October 13, 1979 and was confirmed three years later in 1982.

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By the time he was 17, he was commissioned as a Catechist and later a Lay Reader.

On August 6, 1995, he was ordained a deacon and made a priest on July 28, 1996.

He was appointed a Canon of St Paul’s Cathedral on December 4, 2005.

Rev Canon Baluku has served in a variety of positions including a Vicar of several parishes, an Archdeacon, Diocesan Secretary, Programs Director for the Bishop Masereka Christian Foundation and PDR coordinator in the Provincial Secretariat.

Currently, he serves as a project manager for the International Organization Barnabas Fund.

He is married to Jane Biira Baluku and together, have seven children.

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