The office of the Province of the church of Uganda has halted a planned synod meeting for the Diocese of Kigezi as Kigezi church wrangles escalate.
The meeting of the synod members was slated for November 28th, 2013 but was suddenly called off after a group of Christians petitioned the office of the Archbishop questioning its legality
The controversy surrounding the meeting stems from the alleged unlawful behavior of the Kigezi Diocesan Secretary Rev. Obed Turihohabwe whom parishioners accuse of falsifying documents about the same meeting.
Through their lawyers Tumwesigye, Baingana and Company Advocates, the parishioners wrote to the Archbishop quoting a notice dated November 14th 2013 written and signed by Rev. Turihohabwe calling for the Diocesan Synod to be held on November 28th 2013.
They argue that this contradicts the diocesan Constitution which says that the Notice for the synod should be given two months before the meeting while one month is required for an emergency meeting.
They add that the controversial synod meeting had been given only two weeks.
A priest attached to the Bishop’s office who preferred anonymity told local media that the Diocese received a directive from the Provincial office ordering them to immediately call off the meeting which was slated for November 28th.
He says that the directive was received yesterday November 26th 2013.
Leonard Tumwesigye, a Christian from St. Phillips Bugongi church of Uganda says that the Christians cannot sit back and watch the church leaders who are supposed to be guiding the flock exhibiting ill behavior.
The confusion concerning the legality of the synod meetings comes at a time when the a group of over 1000 Christians and the clergy are trying to secure a court injunction to block the Consecration of Bishop elect for the Diocese Rev. Canon Eng. George Bagamuhunda slated for the 19th of January 2014 on grounds that he was unlawfully selected.