BREAKING NEWS; ARCHBISHOP NTAGALI VS WEST ANKOLE DIOCESE CANONS: TALKS COLLAPSE, CASE CONTINUES TOMORROW NOV. 08
BY WILBER MUHWEZI
The out of court settlement process in a case where six lay canons and five Christians sued the archbishop of the church of Uganda accusing him of taking over Episcopal jurisdiction of west Ankole diocese unlawfully has today collapsed.
According to one of the lawyers of the canons Paul Tusubira, the case which was supposed to be withdrawn from high court tomorrow Nov. 08, 2016, will continue because the two parties failed to agree on certain fundamental issues.
He noted that the canons never wanted the archbishop to visit rival sheema district which he is scheduled to visit from Nov.9—11, 2016.
Still according to credible sources, the two groups disagreed that the archbishop should not take over the diocese as they had earlier agreed.
On Oct 31, the two parties sat before the principal judge and agreed to withdraw the case on Nov. 08, 2016 but when they met today to conclude the case withdrawal, they disagreed and decided to continue with the case.
Earlier, Justice Lydia Mugambe slapped an interim injunction stopping archbishop Ntagali from taking over the diocese and even stopped a ceremony in Mbarara to swear inn appointed commissaries to help him lead west Ankole diocese.
Counsel Tusubira noted that if the interim injunction is not waived tomorrow, the archbishop will not visit sheema as scheduled and as well Rev. Can. Arthur Atwiine the diocesan secretary will continue to act as bishop until the main suit is disposed off.
“The visit of the archbishop to sheema will be contempt of court if the interim injunction will not be removed tomorrow by justice Lydia Mugambe” Tusubira said.
However, if the interim injunction is not renewed, the archbishop will be allowed to visit the diocese and swear in the commissaries he had appointed earlier. in short he will continue to preside over the diocese until the main suit is concluded.
So far this stage of reconciliation was engineered by a group of Christians led by head of laity Pro. Emmanuel Karooro and Misharch Niwabiine Bagarukayo who called on the canons to reconcile with the archbishop and condemned the act of taking his grace the archbishop.