Bishop orders re-election of West Buganda Diocese synod over irregularities Top story

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Bishop Matovu asks all affected churches to repeat the election of the Diocese Synod members over irregularities. He says he expects the process to be free, fair and transparent.

The caretaker Bishop of West Buganda Anglican Diocese, Rev. Jackson Matovu, has ordered fresh election of new synod members in the diocese over irregularities.
In July this year, Bishop Matovu disbanded the diocese synod and ordered for election of new members to kick start the process of electing of a new bishop.
Each of the 127 parishes of the Diocese of West Buganda is supposed to submit four members to be on the diocesan synod. The four members include the parish priest, a female member, a male member and a representative of youth.
However, irregularities have been cited in the election of synod members from St. Paul Cathedral, Kako, the seat of West Buganda diocese and Nyendo Anglican Church, forcing the bishop to cancel results from the two parishes.
He told Uganda Radio Network on phone from Uganda Christian University, Mukono that there were complaints from Christians that the process was marred by controversies. Some Christians in the affected parishes say they had not been informed about the election of new synod members, while some accuse the parish priest of submitting their own choices without elections.
A Christian from St. Paul Cathedral in Kako told URN that the parish submitted a one John Paul Mugabi as one of the members, yet he is not a known member of the church. Another church member who preferred anonymity alleges that Rev. Canon Samuel Mwesigwa, the West Buganda Diocesan Secretary, is influence-peddling in this process in other parishes because he wants to be elected Bishop. While contacted on phone, Canon Mwesigwa said he was in a meeting and could not comment on the matter.

Bishop Matovu says he has asked all the affected churches to repeat the exercise before 17th September when they are supposed to meet to discuss the election of new bishop.
Members of the synod are the ones who are supposed elect a15-member committee called a Nominations Committee, which selects names from the available choices and forwards two names to the House of Bishops to elect a Bishop.
Bishop Matovu is acting in West Buganda Diocese after the death of Rev. Godfrey Makumbi, who succumbed to cancer of the throat in May this year.


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Edward Bindhe
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Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.