Ntagali Appoints Bishop Matovu Care Taker of West Buganda Diocese Top story

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Ntagali announced the appointment at the
burial of Bishop Makumbi at St. Paul's Cathedral Kako.

The Archbishop of Uganda Stanley Ntagali has appointed Rt. Rev Jackson Matovu, the care taker of West Buganda Diocese following the death of Bishop Godfrey Makumbi. Ntagali announced the appointment at the burial of Bishop Makumbi at St. Paul's Cathedral Kako. 

He explained to the mourners that the constitution of church of Uganda mandates the Archbishop to take over the Diocese or appoint a caretaker once the Bishop dies. He therefore said he had decided to appoint Rt. Rev Jackson Matovu to care take West Buganda diocese until a substantive Bishop is elected. Ntagali called for calm, patience and prayer so that an equally hard working Bishop is elected. 

He assured Christians that the process of electing Makumbi's successor will be as transparent as possible and asked them to pray Church of Uganda. Rt. Rev. Jackson Matovu welcomed his appointment but noted that it was saddening that his friend Godfrey Makumbi was no more. Charles Kahigiriza, the head of laity West Buganda Diocese also said they are happy with the Archbishop's decision.

Bishop Godfrey Makumbi succumbed to throat cancer on Sunday after serving as West Buganda Bishop for four years. Dozens of Bishops from Church of Uganda and Bishop John Baptist Kaggwa of Masaka Diocese turned up to bid the late Bishop farewell. 

Some of the prominent clergy who attended the burial included the former Bishop of Namirembe Diocese Samuel Ssekadde, Bishop of North Ankole Diocese Aaron Mwesigwa and Jackson Matovu, the Bishop of Central Buganda among others. While addressing the mourners, Bishop John Baptist of Masaka Diocese spoke of the late Makumbi as a friendly religious leader, developmental and innovative.

He said he last met him on Good Friday during the Way of the Cross in Buyoga Bukomansimbi district. Bishop Kaggwa revealed that on that day, Bishop Makumbi proposed a dialogue between the Anglican and Catholic clergy to share strategies of preaching and enriching the gospel. Bishop Kaggwa said they had agreed to meet in October this year for the dialogue.  He however, said it was so sad that Bishop Makumbi will not be part of the he initiated. 


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