Second Applicant Withdraws from Case against Bishop Katonene

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Makaru is the second applicant after Sam Kahindi to lose interest in the case which was initially pursued by four people on behalf of the other Christians. The others are William Asiimwe Wilberforce and Kenneth Kiiza, all Christians of the same diocese.

A case recently filed against west Ankole diocesan Bishop Yona Mwesigwa Katonene by Christians in Sheema district suffers another blow following the withdrawal of the second applicant.

Canon Yowasi Makaru Rwamango, the former Bushenyi district LCV chairperson has written to the Mbarara high court registrar Didas Muhumuza requesting his removal from the list of applicants in the controversial suit that has divided West Ankole diocese. He says in a letter dated May 27th 2014 that the reasons for his withdraw from the suit are personal.

Makaru is the second applicant after Sam Kahindi to lose interest in the case which was initially pursued by four people on behalf of the other Christians. The others are William Asiimwe Wilberforce and Kenneth Kiiza, all Christians of the same diocese.

The four filed a joint case before Mbarara high court against Bishop Katonene and the trustees of Ankole Western Institute of Science and Technology(AWIST) accusing them of financial impropriety and mismanagement of affairs in the church-founded project.

The Christians accuse the Bishop of attempting to relocate the Project from the area to Bushenyi district. They are demanding that the court stop’s especially Bishop Katonene and the diocesan council from running the institute and the diocese.

The Christians are also seeking a court injunction blocking the decision by West Ankole diocese to open branches for the university in other areas saying it is premature.

Joseph Matsiko a legal officer from Kampala associated advocates, who is representing the four applicants, says Makaru’s move to withdraw from the case is surprising.  He says he is going to file another application excluding Canon Makaru.

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Owen Murangira of Tumusiime Kabega and company advocate representing Bishop Katonene and the trustees of west Ankole University says the withdrawal is a boost to the defense team.

Didas Muhumuza the high court registrar has meanwhile directed the lawyers of the applicants to amend the suit to remove the names of Makaru before he fixes the date for the next hearing of the case.