No Priest Blocked Maj Guma from Entering Church, Says Kyooma

Hon. Kyooma Xavier

Former Ibanda North Member of Parliament, advice Xavier Akankwaasa Kyooma has dismissed as unfounded and ridiculous, unhealthy reports that Catholic priests in Ishongororo blocked the incumbent MP, Maj David Guma Gumisiriza from entering church on New Year’s day.

In his late New Year message, Kyooma clarifies that Maj Guma arrived at the catholic parish when mass was already underway and no priest was outside to block him.

“It is not true that he (Maj Guma) was blocked by either the Archbishop or any priest. I am aware that once mass has started, no priest can go away from the alter to engage in any other activity like locking doors or even determining where guests should sit; not even catechists can do that,” said Kyooma.

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He observed that the people who blocked the retired UPDF Major were a group of Catholics, Anglicans, Muslims and Pentecostals who he says had not even come for mass.

“For a fact, the christians who were inside can hardly tell what happened outside the church because Mass went on normally. We are informed that those who blocked him (Guma) were a combination of Catholics, Anglicans, Muslims, Pentecostals and others who followed him up to his residence and never returned to church,” he said.

The former legislator acknowledges that there has been bad blood between the Maj Guma and catholic church leaders adding that the latter had even stopped attending mass.

He notes that Guma, on arrival was escorted by four police officers and a group of stick holding men who he had invited to accompany him, a situation Kyooma says could have sparked the scuffle.

“When he learnt that the Archbishop was visiting the church to preside over, he convened a meeting on 31st and allegedly told those who attended that the Archbishop invited him to attend and accordingly invited them to accompany him. He was accompanied by many supporters of his but unfortunately some of them carrying sticks in their vehicles.”

“It seems that when this arrangement leaked to my supporters, they equally organised to block the other group and they did just that.”

Kyooma decried the act of blocking people from entering places of worship basing on their political affiliations; a vice he says is wide spread across Western Uganda Districts.


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