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Kamwenge priest disappears

By Vision Reporter

Added 8th July 2007 03:00 AM

The Police in Kamwenge are searching for a catholic priest who went missing in mysterious circumstances.

The Police in Kamwenge are searching for a catholic priest who went missing in mysterious circumstances.

By Bizimungu Kisakye

The Police in Kamwenge are searching for a catholic priest who went missing in mysterious circumstances.

The diocese of Fort Portal announced a reward of sh1m to anybody who can help establish the whereabouts of Fr. Anthony Kiiza, 55, the parish priest of Kamwenge, who disappeared four days ago.

Fr. Kiiza left Kamwenge on Thursday. He told his colleagues that he was heading to Kampala, without giving any reasons for his trip. Later that night, he was seen at Rweteera trading centre.

Rweteera is 13 miles from Fort Portal town. The trading centre is located next to a tea plantation and Kibaale Forest.

“We have information that when the priest returned from Kampala, he went to his friend’s home, Beyunga of Rweteera, at 2:00am,” said Pearson Barrassa, the western region Police officer in charge of criminal investigations.

“They opened and prepared a bed for him. When they went to call him for breakfast, he was not in the room,” he said, adding that the priest’s mobile telephone was switched off.

The arrival of Fr. Kiiza in Rweteera late in the night surprised his friend. When asked about it, the priest reportedly told Beyunga that he had just come from Fort Portal. The priest had travelled by public means. Western Regional Police Commander, Martin Abilu, said they feared the priest could either have been kidnapped or committed suicide.

The Police are investigating reports that Fr. Kiiza had been lured into a deal of fake dollars. They suspect that the priest could have borrowed money from the parish to finance the ‘black’ dollars deal.

The Bishop of Fort Portal Catholic Diocese, Rev. Robert Muhirwa, on Saturday conducted prayers at Virika Cathedral for the missing priest.

Kamwenge priest disappears

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