Kabale: High Court Summons Church Leaders


view geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>According to the court summon which for sale geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Chimpreports accessed a copy signed by the deputy Registrar High Court and copied to the Archbishop of the church of Uganda, the diocese of Kigezi and the plaintiffs, the diocese has been ordered to file a defence in the civil suit within 15 days from the date of service summons.

The letter also indicates that failure to file a defence will force the court to proceed with the suit and judgment in their absence.

The summon comes after three Christians from the Diocese of Kigezi representing over 1,000 Christians through their lawyers Tumwesigye, Baingana and Company Advocates petitioned the High Court over illegalities that marred the electoral process of the Bishop elect Rev. Can Eng. George Bagamuhunda.

Kigezi diocese has been entangled in confusion since Rev. Canon George Bagamuhunda was elected Bishop.

Bagamuhunda is scheduled to be enthroned as Bishop 0n January, 19 2014 which has drawn mixed reactions from members of the Diocese.

Canon Bagamuhunda was chosen by the House of Bishops that sat at Lweza Conference Centre off Entebbe road.

His appointment, however, divided the Christians in the Diocese with some welcoming his appointment, while others said that the new bishop would continue with the ideas of the outgoing Bishop, George Katwesigye whom they accuse of favouring the clergy mainly from his Abasigi clan.

Christians in Kigezi diocese, who are opposed to his election as the new bishop, took their battle to the constitutional court after forming a 15 member task force to ensure the election of Reverend Canon George Bagamuhunda as Bishop is overturned by court.

The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, Stanley Ntagali recently summoned a group of Christians who petitioned court over the election of Rev. Can. George Bagamuhunda as the new bishop of Kigezi diocese.

They contend that the process of Bagamuhunda’s election was grossly irregular.

The petitioners also allege that it was conducted in violation of the Constitution of Church of Uganda and the Diocesan Constitution.

The petition is against the Registered Trustees of the Church of the Province of Uganda, and the Registered Trustees of Diocese of Kigezi.

Others are Rt. Rev. Bishop George Katwesigye, and Bagamuhunda.

Court is yet to schedule a date to hear both parties.

Who is Rev. Can. Eng. George Bagamuhunda?

He was born on November 19, 1958 in Nangara Parish, Bubaare sub county Kabale District and is said to have got saved and started working with the church in 1980 before being ordained a priest in December 1983.

He is an Engineer by profession with a Masters Degree in Engineering and a Bachelor’s in Theology.

In 1992, he started working with the water and Sanitation programme under the Diocese of Kigezi up to 2007.

Canon Bagamuhunda has always been described by Kigezi Christians as a practical administrator who was behind the establishment of several gravity water flow schemes in the Diocese.

Before his election as the new bishop of Kigezi diocese, he also worked as the provincial secretary for the Church of Uganda and becomes the 5th Bishop for the Diocese of Kigezi although his critics say he is not a good preacher and some members of the Laity say he is a priest who is rarely seen on the pulpit.


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