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Bishops to decide fate of Kinkiizi diocese

By Vision Reporter

Added 25th June 2010 03:00 AM

Archbishop Dr. Henry Luke Orombi says the decision to consecrate Kinkizi bishop-elect the Rev. Bernard Bagaba will be taken on July 2.

By Caleb Bahikaho

Archbishop Dr. Henry Luke Orombi says the decision to consecrate Kinkizi bishop-elect the Rev. Bernard Bagaba will be taken on July 2.

Bagaba was elected bishop by the House of Bishops sitting in Gulu last year.

His consecration and enthronement scheduled for May 9 was halted after a group of people calling themselves ‘Leadership Concern Forum’ petitioned the archbishop questioning the moral integrity of Bagaba.

“As you are aware, our bishop-elect was subject to a DNA test over allegations that he fathered two children outside marriage. The results are out and we shall discuss the issue when the bishops meet on July 2,” Orombi said.

He was speaking recently in a speech delivered to the Christians of the diocese by five bishops led by the Rt. Rev. George Katwesigye of Kigezi diocese.

Others were Yona Katonene of West Ankole diocese, George Tibesigwa of Ankole diocese, Cranimah Mugisha of Muhabura diocese and Dr. Edward Muhima of North Kigezi diocese.

“We have come to comfort and pray with the Christians of Kinkizi diocese whose hearts were broken due to the delay of Bagaba’s consecration,” Tibesigwa said.

The head of laity, Can. Charles Byarugaba, who represented the Christians, said the forum was formed by people who hail from Kinkizi, but live in Kampala.

He requested the archbishop not to listen to them since they were not recognised in the diocese.

“We have information that this group bribed a woman with sh2.5m to tarnish the name of our bishop-elect by claiming that he impregnated her. The DNA test has proved them wrong and now they are demanding another DNA test just to waste time,” Byarugaba said.

It is reported that the group again petitioned the archbishop to order another DNA test for Bagaba with his alleged children because they feel the first results were manipulated.

Bishops to decide fate of Kinkiizi diocese

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