Bishop of Swaziland and global environmental advocate Ellinah Wamukoya dies from COVID-19

Posted Jan 19, 2021

[Anglican Communion News Service] Bishop of Swaziland Ellinah Wamukoya died Jan. 19 after contracting COVID-19. Her death was announced by Archbishop Thabo Makgoba of Cape Town, primate of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa. Wamukoya, known around the world for her advocacy on environmental issues, was admitted to a hospital late last week and put on oxygen therapy after contracting COVID-19. She was 69.

“It is with profound sorrow that I have to announce the devastating news that the bishop of Swaziland in eSwatini, the Rt. Rev. Ellinah Wamukoya, died today,” Makgoba said. “We express our deepest condolences to her husband, Okwaro Henry Wamukoya, their children and grandchildren. May her soul rest in peace.”

The Anglican Communion’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Jack Palmer-White, paid tribute, saying: “She was wonderfully dedicated to so many causes – particularly demonstrated through her leadership of the Anglican Communion Environmental Network for a number of years.”

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