Prelate Emmanuel Cardinal Wamala is 96 and counting. To celebrate the milestone and also mark his 65th priestly anniversary, tycoon Sudhir Ruparelia and friends threw him a surprise party.
Naturally, due to his advanced age, Wamala has not made many public appearances and Sudhir called on him at his residence in Nsambya.
It was a good gesture for the tycoon and a group of about 60 that checked on Wamala. As many public figures age, the public tends to forget them.
Cardinal Wamala hailed Dr. Ruparelia for being an invaluable personal friend and for supporting him when he was Archbishop of Kampala, and after.
“I still remember vividly how you supported me when I was Archbishop of Kampala. I wish to express my profound gratitude to you for your love, care and generosity,” Cardinal Wamala said in a brief speech.
Wamala’s last public appearance was on 21 November 2021, at St Noa Mawaggali Cathedral in the Kiyinda-Mityana diocese, where he marked his 40th episcopal anniversary.
Sudhir said the old man did many good deeds for this country and he threw a birthday party to celebrate his many contributions to the country.
In his remarks, Dr. Sudhir hailed Cardinal Wamala for being a great leader and a wonderful human being.
“Your Eminence, you are my role model,” he said.
“God has blessed you and has blessed us that you have lived a long life and you are with us. I have not come across a leader who is as humble as you. We thank God for everything,” he said.
Archbishop Kasujja thanked Dr. Sudhir for his invaluable friendship with the Cardinal and support of his ministry.
Wamala was absent at the installation of the new Archbishop of Kampala Paul Ssemogerere in January this year and the congregation was informed that he was unable to physically attend the ceremony as he was weak.
Wamala was born on 15th December 1926.
He was appointed Bishop of Kiyinda-Mityana on 17 July 1981, and on 22 November 1981, he was ordained by Cardinal Emmanuel Nsubuga.
On 21 June 1988, he was promoted to the rank of Coadjutor Bishop of Kampala.
On 8 February 1990, he succeeded Cardinal Nsubuga.
He was created and proclaimed Cardinal by St. John Paul II in the consistory of 26 November 1994, of the Title of S. Ugo (St. Hugh).
He is the only Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church and former Archbishop of Kampala from 1990 to 2006. He is currently serving as the Cardinal-Priest of Sant’Ugo, appointed in 1994.
He retired as Archbishop of Kampala, on 19 August 2006.
He was succeeded in Kampala by Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga who passed away in April 2021.
He was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 2005 papal conclave that selected Pope Benedict XVI but has lost the right to participate in any future conclave as a result of passing his eightieth birthday.