Bishop Katonene to Retire Next Year

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Bishop Katonene told an extra ordinary synod meeting of West Ankole diocese at Bweranyangi cathedral in Bushenyi district on Monday that he will retire on October 3rd 2016.

Yona Mwesigwa Katonene, the embattled Bishop of West Ankole diocese has announced his plans to retire next year. Bishop Katonene told an extra ordinary synod meeting of West Ankole diocese at Bweranyangi cathedral in Bushenyi district on Monday that he will retire on October 3rd 2016.
 
 
He told Christians that the constitution of Church of Uganda makes it mandatory for a Bishop to retire once they clock 65 years of age. Bishop Katonene called for a smooth transition of power in a manner that will spur the diocese to greater heights. The announcement ends speculations on the exit of Bishop Katonene who has been at loggerheads with his flock.
 
 
Bishop Katonene was enthroned in 2006 as the third Bishop of West Ankole Diocese. During the meeting, a 15 member committee lead by the diocesan chancellor Marvin Baryaruha was appointed by the synod to hunt for a new Bishop for West Ankole Diocese.
 
 
Bishop Katonene's reign has been dogged with accusations of financial impropriety and disputes over the location of Ankole Western Institute of science and Technology University project-AWIST. Some Christians accuse the Bishop of attempting to move the University from Kabwohe in Sheema District to Katungu hill in Bushenyi town. Bishop Katonene has repeatedly denied all the accusations leveled against.
 
 
In May 20, 2014, the Christians led Sam Kahindi, Canon Yowasi Makaaru Rwamango, William Wilberforce Asiimwe and Kenneth Kiiza petitioned court seeking the removal of Bishop Katonene and trustees of the West Ankole Diocese for meddling in the affairs of the university.
 
The clash attracted the attention of President Yoweri Museveni, who intervened to try and end the stalemate. David Kabigumira and Sam Kahindi told URN that they didn't attend the synod meeting as they are busy pushing for the creation of Central Ankole Diocese.