Bishop Halem'Imana Burial Set for Wednesday

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Bishop HalemImana died at Nsambya hospital on Sunday afternoon after battling kidney complications. He will be laid to rest tomorrow, Wednesday 6th January at Rushoroza Cathedral.

Dozens of Catholics and religious leaders are flocking Rushoroza Cathedral in Kabale district to mourn the fallen bishop Emeritus of Kabale Diocese Barnabas Halem'Imana.

Bishop Halem'Imana died at Nsambya hospital on Sunday afternoon after battling kidney complications. He will be laid to rest tomorrow, Wednesday 6th January at Rushoroza Cathedral.

Mutolere Deanery Parish Priest Rev. Father John Bazemenyera told URN that the fallen Bishop played a pivotal role in the development of the Catholic Church in Kigezi.

His works can be traced to the creation of several parishes in the Diocese and a number of development programs. These include among others the construction of commercial buildings for the diocese, in Kabale and Kisoro districts.
 
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John Bitunguramye, a parishioner from Kisoro who is also a close friend to the fallen Bishop describes the bishop as a unifying force for Christians in Kabale Diocese. He praises him for using his religious portfolio to promote development and Poverty eradication.
  
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Rev. Father Fred Birungi, the Kabale Christ the King Church Parish Priest says that the Bishop's death is a great loss the Catholic Church.

Born in Kisoro district in 1929, Bishop Halem'Imana was ordained priest in December 1958 and served Mutolere Parish, The Ageeteraine Newspaper as editor and later after his studies in Canon Law as Secretary General for the Uganda Episcopal Conference.

He was appointed and consecrated as the first native Residential Bishop for Kabale Diocese by His Holiness Pope Paul VI at Kololo on 1st August 1969.

Bishop Halem'Imana resigned in 1994 after falling out with several priests in the diocese, who accused him of favoring his Tutsi tribesmen. He was also accused of using church funds to assist the Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF), which invaded Rwanda in October 1990.