BY WILBER MUHWEZI
Six lay canons and five strong Christians of west Ankole diocese have sued the archbishop of the church of Uganda the most Stanly Ntagali for taking over the diocese illegally.
The civil suit was filed in a Kampala high court. The archbishop was given 15 days from Oct. 10, 2016 by the deputy registrar Alex Ajiji to file his defence.
Archbishop Ntagali took over the Episcopal jurisdiction of west Ankole diocese effective Oct. 02, 2016 after the former Bishop of the diocese Yona Mwesiwa Katoneene clocked 65 years which is a mandatory time for any bishop according to the provincial constitution should retire.
The eleven canons and strong Christians are led by canon Christopher Kisembo. They are represented in court by senior counsel Paul Tusubira of Paul Tusubira and company advocates.
The canons and Christians accuse archbishop Ntagali of taking over the diocese after the west Ankole diocese synod had put in place an electoral college to choose a new Bishop of the troubled diocese.
The canons are Can. Christopher Kisembo, Can Yorakam Bashaasha, Can. Joram Tibasiima, Can Yorokam Batuna, Can. Ephraim Bamugyendera, Can. John Njoki.
Strong Christians are; Elly Kekuruso, Eliab Turyobingi, Emannuel Karasi, Mbeera Lawrence and Elidad Kamuza.
Bishop Yona Katoneene retired on Oct. 02, 2016 and never left a successor because the Christians in Sheema district who had been sharply opposed to him stopped the election of the new Bishop because they wrote to the house of bishops that the synod that elected electoral college then never followed the law. This however was heard and their after the synod was dissolved and a new one elected but the time was too short to elect a new bishop. The constitution of the church of Uganda requires that an electoral college elects a bishop within six months and the current Electoral College is not yet one month old.