Suspected Goons Torch Kigezi Diocese Offices

Kabale police are investigating circumstances, under which fire started in the offices of Kigezi diocese.

The fire started in the office of the Kigezi Diocesan secretary in the wee hours of Thursday morning. Several property including seats, a printer, computer and vital church documents were destroyed by the fire before it was put out by the clergy with the help of some Christians.

The interior of the burnt offices.
The interior of the burnt offices.

A team of cops led by Olivia Rosemary Wawile, the Kigezi regional police commander rushed to the diocese to a certain the cause of the fire.

A sniffer dog led cops to a hole in the fence, which is believed to have been used by arsonists to gain access into the diocese but stopped at the Rugarama road Junction along the Kabale –Kisoro road.

The incident comes only about four days ahead of the arrival of the newly appointed Bishop of Kigezi Diocese Rev.Canon George Bagamuhunda.

Sources within the diocese believe the fire is an inside job. A priest who spoke to local media on condition of anonymity for fear of being victimized says fires usually occur at the diocese whenever the top management disagrees on issues of accountability.

Outside the burnt office of the Diocese
Outside the burnt office of the Diocese

This is the second fire outbreak believed to have been started by arsonists at the Diocesan offices within a space of one month. On August 08, the official vehicles of George Katwesigye, the Bishop Kigezi diocese were set ablaze by unidentified people.

However, the fire was put out before it could cause serious damage to the vehicles. The fires are also believed to be connected to the succession dispute to the position of the Bishop as Christians are vehemently opposed to the appointment of Rev.Canon George Bagamuhunda, the new bishop of Kigezi diocese.

Police use a sniffer dog to search for the suspects
Police use a sniffer dog to search for the suspects

Confusion at the Diocese reached its peak last month prompting police to establish an out post at the Hill. By the time of filing this story, a top level meeting involving Mathew Elayo, the Kabale Resident District Commissioner, RPC  Olivia wawile, Kabale district internal security officer Robert Nabimanya and the leadership of the Diocese  was still on at Rugarama hill.

Elly Matte, the Kigezi regional Police spokesperson says the meeting is aimed at coming up with a way of addressing outstanding issuesin the diocese.

1 thought on “Suspected Goons Torch Kigezi Diocese Offices

  1. Kigezi diocese has burnt their diocese offices because of wanting to kill information and punish their suspects by dumping them in prison.

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