Priest Flees into Hiding

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Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Rev.George Tukamuhabwa, the Archdeacon of Kihanga Church in Rukiga County, has fled into hiding, after Christians decided to forcefully push him out of their church. More than 200 people led by Tusiime Kamujanduzi, signed a petition asking the Bishop of Kigezi diocese, to transfer him, for the sake of peace. Rev. George Tukamuhabwa, is accused of giving out money to Christians asking them to vote Adison Kakuru, the incumbent Member of Parliament and Hope Mwesigye the Kabale Woman MP. After the win of Jack Sabiiti and Ninsiima Ronah Ritah, Christians turned against the man of God forcing him to escape from the Kihanga Church Archdeaconary. The Kihanga Archdeaconry was built by Jack sabiiti. The christians say the priest cannot continue serving in the church, if doesn't appreciate the role of Jack Sabiiti. Kamujanduzi who led the group, says if the Kigezi Diocese fails to take action, they will use forceful means. He says the religious leaders divided the Christians based on interfering in politics and others accepted the money from Ministers. But Rev. George Tukamuhabwa, says the claims by the Christians are baseless. He says he is waiting for a transfer letter from the Diocese. Religious leaders in Kabale, have been at the center of accusation for participating in active politics which divided their followers. Father Geitano Batanyenda, the parish priest of Kashambya in Rukiga says religious leaders who took sides in the politics, should apologize publicly and have peace. // Cue in: "surely as religious"... Cue out: ..."our followers will"// Batanyenda says it's a shame for people to be more liberal and reject the decisions taken by their leaders. In Kigezi Diocese, the church came out openly and supported Hope Mwesigye, claiming that she is a daughter of one of the elder, and left Ninsiima Ronah Ritah, who is also an Anglican. Ninsiima received support from the Kabale Catholic Diocese, despite the fact that she is Anglican.