Kigezi Church Wrangles: High Court Orders Diocese to file Defense

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In short
The Christians asked High court to block the consecration of Bagamuhunda, which is scheduled for 19th January 2014. The petitioners jointly sued Kigezi Diocese, George Katwesigye, the outgoing Bishop and the Province of church of Uganda.

High court has given Kigezi Diocese 15 days to respond to a suit filed by Christians opposed to the election of George Bagamuhunda, the new Bishop of the diocese. Mid last month, a group of Christians in Kigezi diocese led by Leonard Tumwesigye, Godfrey Binaisa and Cyrus Kyomukama petitioned high court challenging the election of Bagamuhunda to succeed George Katwesigye, the outgoing bishop of Kigezi diocese who is set to retire this year.

The Christians asked High court to block the consecration of Bagamuhunda, which is scheduled for 19th January 2014. The petitioners jointly sued Kigezi Diocese, George Katwesigye, the outgoing Bishop and the Province of church of Uganda. Now, high court has given Kigezi diocese 15 days to file its defense in civil suit number 34 of 2013. According to the summons signed by Amos Kwizera, the deputy registrar Kabale high court says court will proceed to deliver judgment in the absence of the diocese and its representative upon failure to respond to the suite.

Reverend Obed Turihohabwe, the Kigezi Diocesan secretary told URN on Friday that they had not yet received the directive to respond to the suite. However, URN saw a copy of the summons received and signed for by Turihohabwe one behalf of the diocese. Turihohabwe asked Christians to ignore the confusion saying they have done nothing wrong.

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Sources in the province of church of Uganda show that the Archbishop Stanley Ntagali has called an emergency meeting with the house of Bishops, key on the agenda are wrangles in Kigezi diocese.
 
 

 

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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

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