Christians Block Archdeacon from Conducting Baptism

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However, a group of Christians led by Benon Mukundane, the head of laity blocked him accusing him of stealing development funds and taking it to Yona Mwesigwa Katonene, the embattled Bishop West Ankole diocese.

There was drama at St. Paul's Bugongi church of Uganda in Sheema district on Sunday after Christians blocked the archdeacon Yowasi Murungi from conducting baptism. Murungi was scheduled to baptize 20 children.

 
However, a group of Christians led by Benon Mukundane, the head of laity blocked him accusing him of stealing development funds and taking it to Yona Mwesigwa Katonene, the embattled Bishop West Ankole diocese.



Mugabe says Murungi has plunged the church into huge debts' and failed its development programs like the renovation of Bugongi secondary school. Murungi accuses Benon Mukundane and Yowasi Katugwensi of mobilizing Christians to gang up against him.
 
He says a section of church leaders are uncomfortable with his methods of work and their failed plans to block the remittance of offertories to West Ankole diocese.


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Ambrose Odwee, the officer in charge criminal investigations department Sheema district says they were called to intervene after Christians threatened to shed blood.


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 Some of the Christians are opposed to the leadership of Yona Katonene, the Bishop West Ankole Diocese. They accuse him of attempting to relocate the university project from their area to Bushenyi district. 

The Christians led by Sam Kahinda and Yowasi Makaru, the former Bushenyi LC 5 chairperson are opposed to the decision by West Ankole diocese to open branches for the university in other areas saying it is premature. 

In April 2014, a section of Christians in Sheema district blocked the Bishop from accessing several churches where he was scheduled to confirm hundreds of children.