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Kigezi Diocese in Trouble for Failure to Pay Clergy

The Bishop of Kigezi George Bagamuhunda
The Bishop of Kigezi George Bagamuhunda

Anglican Diocese of Kigezi; accused of failure to pay 25 million shillings as retirement benefits to a retired priest, is facing a lawsuit.

Reverend Canon Richard Katarahweire, claims the diocese declined to pay his pension, contrary to Section 12(2) of the Employment Act, 2006.

Frustrated, the man of God decided to take the matter to the Kabale District Labor office in October 2016.

In June this year, the labor office ruled in favor of Katarahweire and ordered Kigezi Diocese to pay him a total of 25.2million shillings, including his pension and damages.

However, Rev. Katarikawe says that despite the diocese being served with a copy of the decision, he is yet to receive a penny.

He says he served the diocese as a clergyman from 1982 to 2011 before the diocese permitted him to serve in South Ankole Diocese from 2011 to 2015 when he retired.

The cleric adds that by the time he left Kigezi   to serve in South Ankole, he had attained 55 years which qualified him to get pension in accordance with Article 13(15) (d) of the Diocesan Constitution 1967, as amended in 1997.

However, Katarahweire was told that the Diocesan Council resolved not to give him pension during a meeting held on 29th of July 2011 because he didn’t qualify.

Katarikawe’s lawyer, Kenneth Mutungi of M/S Twikirize and Company Advocates says he wrote a demand notice on behalf of his client dated 30th June 2017 to the Kigezi Diocesan Secretary but is yet to receive any feedback.

Mutungi now says that through his client he is considering dragging the matter to court.

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