Ruwenzori Bishops Call for Unity

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In short
Unity among Christians and the clergy dominated the discussion at the ongoing retreat for the dioceses of Ruwenzori and East Ruwenzori. The call comes at a time as a section of Anglican Christians from Bundibugyo District want to secede from Ruwenzori Diocese and create their own diocese.

Unity among Christians and the clergy dominated the discussion at the ongoing retreat for the dioceses of Ruwenzori and East Ruwenzori. 

The call comes at a time as a section of Anglican Christians from Bundibugyo District want to secede from Ruwenzori Diocese and create their own diocese.

Last month, Christians led by Charles Kisembo, the head of laity Bumadu Archdeaconry announced plans to break away from Ruwenzori Diocese and form West Ruwenzori diocese with its headquarters at Bumandu in Bundibugyo district.  Kisembo alleges that they are being marginalised and oppressed by Bishop Reuben Kisembo and other clergy.

He also claims that there has been mismanagement of funds by some clergy based at the Diocesan headquarters in Fort Portal and Bishop Kisembo has done nothing to address the problem.  

Reverend Jonathan Kyangasha, who had been posted to Bumadu as Archdeacon two years ago was also asked by the Christians to return to Ruwenzori Diocese.

During the synod meeting of the clergy at Nyakasura School on Tuesday, Bishop Kisembo called for unity in the diocese. Kisembo explained that disunity especially among the Christians will affect the development of the diocese.
 
Bishop Kisembo told the clergy that the Christians in Bundibugyo will only get the diocese if they follow the right procedures. According to Bishop Kisembo, a section of the Christians had in the past applied to secede from Ruwenzori Diocese, but failed to meet the requirements.
 
According to Kisembo, there are 21 parishes in Bundibugyo and yet for a diocese to be formed, there should be 25 parishes.   

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Kisembo also said that the diocese has appointed Reverend Julius Tumwesigye as the new archdeacon of Bumadu. Tumwesigye, who hails from Bundibugyo replaces Reverend Jonathan Kyangasha, who was ordered by the Christians to return to Ruwenzori Diocesan headquarters.
 
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Bishop Edward Bamucwanira of East Ruwenzori Diocese urged the Anglican Christians and the clergy to exhibit unity if they are to bring respect to the Christian faith. He asked the Christians to practice love and forgiveness for one another, a practice he says will lead to unity and dispel any opportunity for hostility.

The church of the Province of Uganda has 36 dioceses. Ruwenzori Diocese has been split before to create South Ruwenzori Diocese in 1984 and East Ruwenzori in 2010.

 

About the author

Emmanuel Kajubu
Emmanuel Kajubu is proud to have been the first Ugandan journalist to write in depth pieces about the Tooro Kingdom institution. His knowledge of the inner workings of the Tooro Kingdom is what made him privy to the splits in the royal family. These splits almost challenged Tooro Omukama Oyo Nyimba Iguru's reign.

Culture, agriculture and the environment are just two areas of many of interest to Kajubu. As long as he has held a pen, Kajubu has also written about public policy, health and crime.

Kajubu is keen on impacting his society not just as a writer but also a trainer and mentor. Bundibugyo and Ntoroko districts fall under his docket. Kajubu has been a URN staff member since 2008.