On Sunday, Bishop Ssebaggala visited Trinity Church of Uganda Katikamu in Wobulenzi town council to preside over a confirmation service. However, as he and other church leaders were preparing for the service, a group of ‘hooligans” arrived in a minibus, commonly known as a "drone," and attacked the church.
A section of Christians has expressed dissatisfaction about the developments and has now taken the matter to the divine court asking God to prevail over the decision and allow the Archbishop to consecrate Kasana Ssemakula as Bishop. The prayers were launched at the home of Sam Sserunjogi, a congregant at St. Paul’s Church Kigulu in Wobulenzi town.
A section of Christians led by Luwero District Chairman Erastus Kibirango held a procession in Luwero town recently protesting against a decision by the House of Bishops to disqualify the Bishop-Elect and cancel his consecration that had been slated for July 16 over allegations of infidelity.
Seven Christians led by David Lule Mutyaba Muzzanganda have petitioned Luwero High Court demanding a declaration that the nullification of Kasana as Bishop-elect was null, void, and has no legal effect.
Accompanied by his wife, Tezira Ssebaggala, and daughter, Irene Nanteza, Bishop Ssebaggala arrived at Luwero Diocese around 9:30 am Tuesday to assume his new role as the caretaker bishop. He met with the pastoral staff of the diocese and had a meeting with retired Bishop Nsubuga.
"In light of the current situation and to prevent any unforeseen circumstances arising from certain Christians who disagree with the decision taken by the House of Bishops, we kindly ask you to inform the Luwero District Resident District Commissioner (RDC), who is in charge of security in the district, to take decisive action to ensure the security of the Christians on Sunday," part of Canon Ongeng's letter to Bishop Nsubuga reads.
Erastus Kibirango, the LC 5 Chairman of Luwero and Diocesan lawyer, addressed the congregation, stating that the House of Bishops had not provided a fair hearing for Kasana and that the allegations against him were malicious.
Rev.Canon Ongeng said that the extraordinary decision was taken after getting credible information the Bishop-elect’s integrity was misrepresented during the nomination and election process, which invalidated the election.
In an interview with URN, Reverend Canon Ssemakula expressed his gratitude for the appointment. He recounted how the news of his election found him transporting his sick parent to the hospital and paused a bit to give thanks to the Lord.
Rev. Canon Kasana Ssemakula is the Archdeacon of Ndejje Archdeaconry and holds a bachelor of Divinity from Uganda Christianity University. He is currently pursuing Master of Arts in Development from Ndejje University.
Sources at the Committee told URN that they picked Reverend Abel Sserwanja Merewooma, the parish priest of St Stephens’ Church Kireka in Namirembe Diocese, and Reverend Canon Godfrey Kasana, the Archdeacon of Ndejje Archdeaconry in Luwero Diocese for the seat.
While leading the Christmas service at St Mark Cathedral in Luwero town council, Bishop Nsubuga bid farewell to Christians and announced that his successor will be enthroned on 9th July 2023 by Archbishop Stephen Kazimba Mugalu.
In his November 9th, 2020 letter to Eridard Nsubuga Kironde, the Bishop of Luwero Diocese, the Archbishop, says he received the devastating news of the tragic and senseless death of Nakalema with shock, adding that he stands with the Bishop, family and Christians over loss.