Court Enters Kigezi Diocese Succession Wrangles

Bishop George Katwesigye with Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi in Kabale last year. PHOTO/OPM
Bishop George Katwesigye with Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi in Kabale last year. PHOTO/OPM

High court has suspended the publicity of the forthcoming consecration of Engineer George Bagamuhunda, the Bishop elect of Kigezi Diocese pending the disposal of an application challenging his election.

Justice Michael Elubu issued the directive on Friday during the hearing of an application filed Christians seeking an interim injunction blocking the consecration of Bagamuhunda led by Leonard Tumwesigye. Bagamuhunda was elected by the House of Bishops in July this year to replace Reverend George Katwesigye who is set to retire in January next year.

He is scheduled to be consecrated on January 19th, 2014. However, more than 1000 Christians in Kigezi diocese opposed his election saying it was done in breach of the constitution of the diocese and that of the province of the Church of Uganda. As a result, the aggrieved Christians filed an application before Kabale High court through Allan Tumwesigye of Tumwesigye and Baingana Company Advocates for an interim injunction order to stay the consecration of Bagamuhunda until their suit challenging his election is disposed of by court.

On Friday, both parties made their submissions on the application. Justice Michael Elubu set December 30th as the date for making his ruling on whether or not to stop the consecration of the Bishop elect. The diocese is represented by Francis Butagira of Butagira and Company advocates. The archbishop Stanley Ntagali has repeatedly tried to reconcile the warring parties in vain.

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