Hundreds of Christians turned up at St.Johns Cathedral Kabarole on Sunday for the funeral service of Asta Balya Amooti, the widow of the late Bishop Abel Balya. Asta Balya died on Friday at her home in Bunyonyi in Hakibale Sub County, after suffering a stroke a year ago. Balya was the first African Bishop in East and Central Africa who spread the gospel in Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Congo and Sudan. He died in November 1979 at the age of 102.
The leaders also said that that the government hasnâ€™t done enough to ensure that people living in areas where there are different ethnicities live peacefully. According to the leaders, last yearâ€™s conflicts between the Bakonzo and Basongora should have been an eye opener to the government to intervene and stop last weekâ€™s attacks which claimed several lives.
It was a somber mood at St Johnâ€™s Cathedral in Fort Portal as the retired Bishop Rwenzori Diocese, Dr Eustace Kamanyire, was laid to rest on Thursday. Retired Bishop Kamanyire passed on last week at Nakasero Hospital in Kampala, more than a month after suffering a stroke early October.
Anglican Church leaders in Kasese district have described the departed former Rwenzori Diocesan bishop, Dr Eustace Kamanyire, a parent and selfless man of God. Before Kasese became South Rwenzori Diocese in 1984, it was part of the wider Rwenzori Diocese which Kamanyire led from 1981 to 2000.
Dr. Eustace Kamanyireâ€™s tenure as bishop of Rwenzori Diocese has been described by many as one of development and expansion of the Diocese. Dr Kamanyire, who was bishop from 1981 to 2000, died on Saturday at Nakasero Hospital, more than a month after suffering a stroke.