WEST ANKOLE DIOCESE: ARCHBISHOP KAZIMBA FINALLY RESPONDS TO KARASI’S LETTER
By Wilber Muhwezi Kasibante
In Bushenyi/ Kampala—
The Archbishop of Church of Uganda Stephen Kazimba Mugalu has finally responded to West Ankole diocesan Christians led by Emmanuel Karasi concerning the ‘unlawfully’ constituted synod.
A section of West Ankole diocese Christians last month wrote a letter to the Archbishop of Church of Uganda Stephen Kazimba over ‘unlawful’ 11th synod constituted on 12th March 2022.
Christians led by Emmanuel Karasi pinned Bishop Johnson Twinomujni of allowing Mbarara and Kampala chapters to have representatives in the synod which is against the constitution of the West Ankole diocese.
They also accused the Bishop of wrongly appointing the diocesan chancellor Marvin Baryaruha.
They contended that instead of the bishop nominating the chancellor, he was rather nominated by a synod member Anthony Katwarana which is also against the West Ankole diocese constitution.
They wanted the head of laity elections to be rendered null and void since the synod that elected them was unlawful.
The Christians demanded that the diocese reconstitutes a new synod as per the law established and wanted to meet with the archbishop to formally discuss some of the issues pertaining their diocese.
Now, in a letter dated 4th April 2022 addressed to Emmanuel Karasi, the archbishop acknowledged receiving the undated letter on 18th March 2022 and noting its content.
“As you will appreciate, the allegations contained in your letter pertain to matters at diocesan level and not provincial level. Accordingly, I will need time to get detailed brief from the Diocesan Bishop and the Diocesan Chancellor before I full respond to the allegations in your letter,” Archbishop Kazimba wrote.
The archbishop added that he trusts and prays that Karasi and ‘concerned Christians’ on whose behalf he (Karasi) wrote will ensure that calm ensues in the diocese as he awaits a briefing from the Diocesan officials.
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