Former Kinkizi East Member of Parliament in the 8th Parliament Rev. Dr. Hamlet Mbabazi Kabushenga was on Sunday consecrated as the new bishop of the Free Methodist Church in Uganda and South Sudan.
The Free Methodist Church which has its base in Indiana in the US, has about 850,000 members worldwide in 82 nations. Their official publication is called The Light & Life Magazine.
The colorful consecration ceremony was held at the Kanungu District grounds in Kanungu town and presided over by Bishop Joab Lohala, the president of the Free Methodist World Conference.
Bishop Lohala said at the event that the numbers of their followers have grown in Uganda and South Sudan, which was why Bishop Dr Kabushenga was selected to head them.
Dr Kabushenga termed his consecrated as a continuation of his permanent calling for the preaching of the gospel.
The new Bishop revealed that so far they have 30 churches in Uganda and are working to have at least one church in every sub country.
Bishop Kabushenga therefore urged especially young people to join in the ministry.
“We are the church focused on young people, education and urban communities. Come and train in business and ministry so that you can support your communities and yourself,” he said.
It was revealed that at least 34 Anglican Priests in the Anglican Dioceses of North Kigezi and Kinkiizi crossed to join the Methodist Church.
Among these are Rev Wilber Tibenderana from Kigezi Diocese who was the parish priest of Bushura Church of Uganda; Rev Canon Kayanja, who was the dean of All Saints Church Rukungiri, Rev Francis Musoke, Rev. Munyenyeri, Rev. Absolom Nyanabo, Rev. Frank Behangane, Rev. Denis Tukwasikanye among others.
The ceremony was shunned by most of the political leadership in Kanungu.
As the ceremony was ongoing, Kinkiizi Diocese also had a baptism ceremony at All Saints church, just a stone throw away.
Dr Kabushenga served as a priest in the Anglican Diocese of Kinkiizi in various capacities until in 2010 when he fell out with then Bishop John Ntegyereize, whom he accused of flouting Church of Uganda rules and regulations in the election of Rev. Canon Bernard Bagaba; who it was alleged had sired two children with his former maid one Annet Tugumisirize.