Demotions, Transfers Rock Kigezi Diocese as Wrangles Escalate

Fresh tension is building up in Kabale diocese following the decision by Rt. Rev. George Katwesigye, the outgoing Bishop to demote, transfer and retire senior priests.

The move by the Katwesigye comes amidst strong opposition to the appointment of Rev. Canon George Bagamuhunda as the Bishop of Kigezi diocese.

Kigezi Diocese Bishop-elect George Bagamuhunda. Some Christians  accuse the Bishop elect of conniving with his predecessor to swindle million of shillings.
Kigezi Diocese Bishop-elect George Bagamuhunda whose election has caused quite a storm in the diocese. Some Christians accuse the Bishop-elect of conniving with his predecessor to swindle million of shillings.

Some of the senior priests affected by the changes are Rev. Arthur Tusiime, the former diocesan coordinator, Rev. Captain Kayongwe Basherura, the former Diocesan Education Coordinator, Rev. Medard Matsiko, the former parish Priest St. Phillips church of Uganda Parish in Kabale Municipality and Rev. Gideon Kabyesiza.

Others are Rev. Ernest Nkwasiibwe, Rev. Venerable Henry Bahabwa, Reverend Benon Agaba, the former coordinator compassion International, Rev. Erasmus Turyatunga, and Rev. Canon Eric Tukwasiibwe amongst others. The reshuffles which have seen some of the priests demoted, promoted, transferred or retired have drawn mixed reactions from Christians in the diocese. For example the transfer of Rev. Gideon Kabyesiza to Kijuguta church of Uganda has drawn angry protests from a section of the Christians.

They accuse the outgoing bishop of elevating Reverend Kabyesiza because he is his brother in law. James Tukamushaba, a Christian at Rusikizi church of Uganda in Nyabirerema Archdeaconary said the outgoing Bishop has succeeded in messing up the diocese and ensuring that he is succeeded by a person of his choice.

He however, warns that this may derail the development of the church. Caleb Muhereza, a Christian at Kijuguta church of Uganda says they will not honor the reshuffles saying they were done in bad faith.

However, Reverend Obed Turihohabwe, the Kigezi Diocesan insists the transfers are normal and have got nothing to do with the succession wrangles in the diocese.

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