KIGEZI: Suspected Arsonists Attempt To Torch Bishop’s Vehicles

Canon George Bagamuhunda, the Bishop-elect of Kigezi Doicese

Security has been beefed up at the Kigezi Diocesan offices at Rugarama Hill in Kabale Municipality, after suspected arsonists made an attempt to burn the Bishop’s official vehicles.

Police sources say a group of unknown people in the wee hours of Thursday attempted to set ablaze the official vehicles of the outgoing Bishop, Right Reverend George Katwesigye.

Canon George Bagamuhunda, the Bishop-elect of Kigezi Doicese
Canon George Bagamuhunda, the Bishop-elect of Kigezi Doicese

At least three people are in police custody at Kabale Central Police Station in connection with the incident.

Kigezi regional police spokesperson Elly Maate says the case has been registered at the police under reference CRB 2441/2013. Police suspects that the incident is connected to the succession disputes in the diocese.

Last week, the House of Bishops elected Canon George Bagamuhunda as the new Bishop of Kigezi Diocese. Bagamuhunda is to take over from Bishop Katwesigye, who retires next year after 15 years as Bishop.

Maate identifies the suspects as Sofan Ngabwireho, 35, a resident Rubaya sub county, Sofan Akankwasa who hails from Bufundi Sub County and Julius Ayebare, aged 30 and a resident of Bubaare Sub County.

All the suspects are night watchmen at Kabale preparatory school.

Maate asked Christians of Kigezi Diocese to desist from resorting to criminal methods of resolving disputes.

A section of Christians is opposed to the election of Canon Bagamuhunda and accuse the outgoing Bishop of grooming and favoring the clergy from the Abasigi clan where the new bishop comes from.

But Bishop Katwesigye dismisses the claims and calls for unity and reconciliation among the Christians saying that the New Bishop has been chosen by God and should be left to serve.

The same Bishop also hit back at his critics who brand him a failure saying that he has worked hard and achieved a lot for the Diocese.

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