Reverend Edison Turyatunga, a chaplain at Uganda College of Commerce Kabale is among four people arrested in connection with the burning of Kigezi Diocesan offices, south western Uganda.
On Thursday, fire burnt the office of the Diocesan secretary for Kigezi Diocese. The fire destroyed a computer, seats, a printer and documents.
The others arrested include; John Magezi, the head of security at the Kigezi Diocese offices, Geofrey Turyatunga, a guard working with Security 2000 and Robert Kibaabi, a businessman.
According to Elly Maate, the Kigezi regional Police spokesperson says Police have received information that the four might have participated in the act.
“Reverend Turyatunga and others have been collecting signatures from the Christians across the Diocese in protest of the election of Bishop George Bagamuhunda.” Maate said.
Bagamuhunda was elected in July to take over from Bishop George Katwesigye who retires next year.
Maate added “Police is also carrying out investigations to find those who have been inciting Christians to reject Bishop-elect Bagamuhunda.”
COLLECTED SIGNATURES, EMBEZZLED FUNDS
Close to 600 signatures have been collected to petition the Province of the Church of Uganda over the election of Canon George Bagamuhunda as Bishop of Kigezi.
The priests fault top management of the Diocese of having a hand in the fire because they have failed to account for 600 million shillings meant for the construction of the revival centre.
The Diocese of Kigezi has been in confusion since last year with the Christians and clergy accusing outgoing bishop, George Katwesigye of fronting Canon Bagamuhunda as his successor.
Those opposed to the appointment of the new bishop insist that his election will greatly affect the Diocese on grounds that he has been conniving with Bishop Katwesigye to embezzle funds meant for the water and sanitation program in the Diocese.
Bagamuhunda is expected to visit the Diocese on Monday.
Several incidents of fire have been reported in Kigezi diocese this year. The first one was in May at Kabale All Saints Church as Christians demanded for the transfer of their priest after he had allegedly swindled 20 million shillings meant for church construction. Another incident took place at the Diocesan Bookshop in Kabale town which is also believed to have been burnt by Christians opposed to the outgoing bishop.
Two incidents have taken place at the Diocesan head quarters where suspected arsonists set fire on the Bishop’s vehicles on August 8th and then the burning of the Diocesan Secretary’s office on Thursday.