WEST ANKOLE DIOCESE BISHOP ELECTIONS: HOUSE OF BISHOPS TO ANNOUNCE NEW BISHOP ON FRIDAY
BY WILBER MUHWEZI-KASIBANTE
The house of Bishops of the Anglican church of Uganda will sit on Friday April 21, 2017 to select and announce the new Bishop of west ankole diocese after seven months without a substantive Bishop.
The house of Bishops meeting follows a meeting by the election/nominations committee of the diocese that sat yesterday April 18, 2017 and elected two names of whom a bishop will be selected.
The nominations committee that sat at Karo hotel in Mbarara, outside the diocese to stop any leakage of the Bishop nominees ended early yesterday but details are scanty.
www.mknewslink.com editor used all journalistic tricks from yesterday evening to get details but no success yet but the clues are promising. By Friday , This news website will have revealed to its readers the two names that were selected by the nominations committee sitting at Karo hotel in Mbarara Tuesday.
On the other hand, Sources from province of the church of Uganda revealed to www.mknewslink.com news website that the house of bishops will sit on Friday as per the earlier road map to elect the Bishop of west ankole diocese.
West Ankole diocese has been under the caretaker Bishop; the archbishop Stanly Ntagali since Oct. 02, 2016 after the retirement of Bishop Yona Mwesigwa Katoneene.
Earlier, the process of electing a new bishop had aborted after the Christians from Sheema district petitioned the house of bishops challenging the synod that had put in place the nominations committee that forwarded the two names of Rev. Can Amos Turyahabwe and Rev. Can William Twinamatsiko.
After retirement of Bishop Katoneene, six lay canons and five Christians took to court the archbishop of the church of Uganda not to take over the diocese as the constitution of the church of Uganda provides.
However, the archbishop Ntagali defeated the west ankole canons and Christians before the high court judge Lydia Mugambe.
West Ankole diocese was sharply divided for the last four years of Bishop Katoneene where Sheema Christians reached an extent of rocking Ngoma church of Uganda in Kagango sub-county then to stop Bishop Katoneene from conducting a service and confirm people into Christianity.