Court Okays Consecration Of Kigezi Diocesan Bishop

Kigezi Diocese Bishop-elect George Bagamuhunda.
Kigezi Diocese Bishop-elect George Bagamuhunda.

High Court Judge Michael Elubu has today quashed an application by Kigezi Diocese Christians seeking to block the consecration of Bishop-Elect George Bagamuhunda.

Canon Bagamuhunda, who was elected bishop in July, is slated for enthronement on January 19, 2014 at St. Peter’s Cathedral Rugarama. However, a section of Christians are challenging both his election and scheduled enthronement on grounds that he was favoured by outgoing Bishop, George Katwesigye.

On December 4, the Christians filed an application in the High Court at Kabale seeking for a temporary injunction against the consecration of the Bishop on grounds that he was unlawfully elected to the position. They accused Bishop Katwesigye of influencing the process of Bagamuhunda’s election.

But today, Justice Micheal Elubu dismissed the application saying the applicants will not suffer serious damages if the application was not granted. Justice Elubu added that the Diocese would suffer heavy damages if the application was granted since the consecration is less than a month away.

The Judge also revealed that the applicants are not members of the Synod, the decision-making body of the diocese, and that court could not rely on the information that they provided concerning the proceedings of the synod.

Shortly after the ruling, priests who had turned up in court started singing and rejoicing even before the judge had left the court room.

Kigezi Diocesan Head of Laity Caleb Twinamasiko says that the decision by the court is the best ever adding that after all there was no need for an injunction. He says those behind the move are spoilers and the minority in the church and that they are not even capable of causing any divisions in the church.

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