Kigezi Diocese Wrangles; Outgoing Bishop Demands Apology

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His request comes shortly after the High court in Kabale quashed an application by Christians seeking for an injunction blocking the consecration of Eng. George Bagamuhunda, the Bishop elect of Kigezi diocese.

Wrangles in Kigezi Diocese have taken a new twist with the outgoing Bishop Rt. Rev. George Katwesigye demanding for an apology from parishioners.

Katwesigye accuses them of tarnishing the image of the Diocese known as the cradle of revival in East Africa.

His request comes shortly after the High court in Kabale quashed an application by Christians seeking for an injunction blocking the consecration of Eng. George Bagamuhunda, the Bishop elect of Kigezi diocese.

Court Presided over by Justice Elubu instead advised the Christians to wait for the disposal of the main suit protesting the procedure used to elect the new Bishop. They accused Bishop Katwesigye of influencing the process.

Reverend George Bagamuhunda was elected Bishop in August 2013 to succeed Bishop George Katwesigye, who is set to retire. But his election of drew angry reactions from a section of Christians who accuse him of influencing the polls and disregarding the constitution of Kigezi Diocese and province of church of Uganda.

following the court ruling delivered on December 30th, Bishop Katwesigye noted that the matters that prompted Christians to go to court were minute and did not necessitate them to turn against their Bishop and their Diocese. He demands that the main suit be withdrawn.

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However, the Christians opposed to the move maintain their stand and claim the bishop’s latest request is worthless.  One of them, Godfrey Binaisa says that their action is to ensure that the Diocesan Constitution is respected and upheld.

Wilson Kibagaho, the group’s chairperson rejects a plea to have the main suit withdrawn as well as the demand for an apology saying that reconciling with the Bishop who has failed to lead God’s flock to the right path is will be a mistake.

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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.

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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.

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