Court Okays Consecration Of Kigezi Diocesan Bishop

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High Court Judge Michael Elubu has today quashed an application by Kigezi Diocese Christians seeking to block the consecration of Bishop-Elect George Bagamuhunda. Canon Bagamuhunda, who was elected bishop in July, is slated for enthronement on January 19, 2014 at St. Peter’s Cathedral Rugarama.

High Court Judge Michael Elubu has today quashed an application by Kigezi Diocese Christians seeking to block the consecration of Bishop-Elect George Bagamuhunda.
 
Canon Bagamuhunda, who was elected bishop in July, is slated for enthronement on January 19, 2014 at St. Peter’s Cathedral Rugarama. However, a section of Christians are challenging both his election and scheduled enthronement on grounds that he was favoured by outgoing Bishop, George Katwesigye.
 
On December 4, the Christians filed an application in the High Court at Kabale seeking for a temporary injunction against the consecration of the Bishop on grounds that he was unlawfully elected to the position. They accused Bishop Katwesigye of influencing the process of Bagamuhunda’s election.
 
But today, Justice Micheal Elubu dismissed the application saying the applicants will not suffer serious damages if the application was not granted. Justice Elubu added that the Diocese would suffer heavy damages if the application was granted since the consecration is less than a month away.
 
The Judge also revealed that the applicants are not members of the Synod, the decision-making body of the diocese, and that court could not rely on the information that they provided concerning the proceedings of the synod.
 
Shortly after the ruling, priests who had turned up in court started singing and rejoicing even before the judge had left the court room.
 
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Kigezi Diocesan Head of Laity Caleb Twinamasiko says that the decision by the court is the best ever adding that after all there was no need for an injunction. He says those behind the move are spoilers and the minority in the church and that they are not even capable of causing any divisions in the church.
 
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Leonard Tumwesigye, one of the applicants, says they will respect the court decision and wait for the main suit to be disposed of. He however, describes the decision as unfair since the hearing of the main suit will start on January 22, three days after the consecration.
 
He says the decision by the court leaves the fate of Christianity in the Diocese at the mercy of God. He accuses the Diocesan leaders of failing to guide the Laity and faults the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, His Grace Stanley Ntagali, for failing to provide a solution to the concerns of the Christians despite being approached on several occasions.
 
Tumwesigye says the Archbishop should have ensured that issues in the Diocese are attended to without letting the Christians feel like lost sheep. Ntagali has repeatedly tried to mediate in the conflict.
 
He claims that the Diocesan Leaders have resorted to pursuing lies for their personal benefit instead of ensuring that revival in the diocese is upheld.
 
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The applicants were represented by Allan Tumwesigye of Tumwesigye and Baingana Company Advocates while the Diocese was represented by Francis Butagira of Butagira and Company Advocates.

 

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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

Kushaba's journalism interests centre on conflict, peace and electoral reporting. Kushaba occasionally writes on tourism, health, religion and education. He describes himself as highly driven and will pursue a tip until it yields a story.