He was one of the evangelists of OBULOKOLE in Namutamba
Canon Bunyenyezi was born in 1914 and educated in Kigezi. He also
attended Mukono Theological College in 1941, but when a group there
started Obulokole, Revivalism ( as we saw in last posts), among whom
were himself and others including William Nagenda , the rather
reactionary church leaders could not stand the insubordination and
expelled the lot of them. They did not then know it, but by this action
they were fanning the fires of the very organization they were trying to
It went on to
ignite the whole of East Africa, as well as Rwanda and Burundi, and
parts of Congo. From there it leaped across oceans, to the four corners
of the earth. What a phenomenon, born in the then practically unheard of
country of Uganda, itself not to become an independent entity for
another two decades! Canon Bunyenyezi went on to preach the gospel in
Rwanda, Burundi and Boga Zaire, Congo. (DRC by now)
from there that his great friend, William Nagenda, together with L.C.
Lea Wilson, the great farmer and missionary, invited him to come to
Namutamba Tea Estate, there to work and preach, which he did promptly.
Canon Bunyenyezi was quiet, quizzical, patient, humble, serious, and
serene. The smile on his face was gentle and tolerant, but not easily
fooled; the tolerance coming from acknowledgement of human frailty, his
own included. He was a man ever seen much in a long life lived in
different circumstances and conditions; He “fought the good fight with
all his might”!
One of his sayings which will remain is: “Genda
mpola ssebo” [go slowly sir] when talking to him thus how he could
advise you! ( I Buyinza Daniel, had an opportunity to sit under his counsel )
It was on Sunday 14 October, 2001 called to his rest by his Master.