Christians Demand Resignation of Kigezi Diocesan Head of Laity

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Isaac Akatukunda, one of the lead petitioners claims that Twinamatsiko embezzled 5 million shillings from Hornsby High school meant for the purchase of a school pickup during his reign as chairperson of the Parents Teachers Association.

Caleb Twinamatsiko, the Kigezi Diocesan Head of Laity is in trouble for alleged corruption. Christians in Kigezi Diocese have called for the immediate resignation of Twinamatsiko. They have also written to George Katwesigye, the Bishop of Kigezi Diocese to relieve Twinamatsiko of his duties saying that he is no longer capable of running the affairs of the office. Led by Moses Turyatunga, Isaac Akatukunda and Johnson Mukama Amutuheire, the christians accuse Twinamatsiko of supporting undisciplined clergy.

Isaac Akatukunda, one of the lead petitioners claims that Twinamatsiko embezzled 5 million shillings from Hornsby High school meant for the purchase of a school pickup during his reign as chairperson of the Parents Teachers Association. Johnson Mukama, another concerned Christian says they have evidence thatTwinamatsikohas distributing money to members of the Diocesan Nominations committee to nominate Rev. Canon George Bagamuhunda, the current provincial secretary of church of Uganda to replace Bishop George Katwesigye when he retires in March 2014.

Mukama further claims that the head of Laity has failed to execute his duties to the extent of openly taking sides in conflicts instead of reconciling worrying Christians. But Caleb Twinamatsiko, the embattled head of the laity says the allegations against him false and baseless. He attributes the confusion in the diocese to the forthcoming appointment of the new Bishop. Twinamatsiko says some people have got serious interests in the succession and has resorted to tarnishing his name to confuse the Diocesan Nominations committee.

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Twinamatsiko has vowed not to step down saying he derives his mandate from the Diocesan Synod adding that, there is no way Christians who do not have a position in the church leadership can force him to quit office.

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Twinamatsiko calls for calm among the Christians saying the ongoing wrangles should not divert them from their responsibilities to the diocese.
 
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Rev. Obed Turihohabwe, the Kigezi Diocesan Secretary has confirmed receiving the letter calling for the resignation of the head of the laity. He says the disputes are being fueled by the succession dispute. Turihohabwe declined to reveal whether or not the church will act on the petition.