Joshua Kitakule, IRCU Secretary General said that as religious leaders, they are much aware that a number of past general elections were characterized by violence cases which saw some people lose their lives while others sustain severe injuries.
Speaking at the Easter Sevice at St. Johns Cathedral, Kabarole in Fort Portal, Kisembo said that the witchdoctors had taken advantage of the plight of the sick and those suffering to fleece them of their money
Bishop Reuben Kisembo Amooti of Ruwenzori Diocese has defrocked five priests for what he called immoral behaviour. While the bishop did not give details, a source at the diocesan headquarters in Fort Portal, who preferred anonymity, told URN that some of the priests embezzled funds while others were involved in sexual scandals.
Anglican bishops from Western Uganda and their spouses have converged in Fort Portal for the annual Bishops retreat. Rev. Steven Kalyebara, the Ruwenzori Diocesan Secretary, says the four-day retreat will be attended by more than 40 serving and retired bishops from Bunyoro, Ankole, Tooro and Kigezi.
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.
In September 1955, Sir George David Matthew Kamurasi Rukidi III, the 11th king of Tooro, purchased the organ from Leeds in the United Kingdom and donated it to the cathedral. Engravings on the organ indicate that it was built in 1945 by Positive Organ, a company based in the United Kingdom. Rukidi reigned over Tooro from December 31, 1928 until his death on December 21, 1965.
A statue of the first African Bishop in East and Central Africa, Abel Kakyomya Balya, has been erected in Fort Portal. Bishop Reuben Kisembo of Ruwenzori Diocese says that the statue is a historical reminder of the role played by Balya in preaching Christianity in Africa.
The policy, drafted by the by the Directorate of Ethics and Integrity in the Office of the President, seeks to regulate activities of faith based organizations across the country. The directorate is mandated to oversee the operations of all religious institutions in Uganda.
Unity among Christians and the clergy dominated the discussion at the ongoing retreat for the dioceses of Ruwenzori and East Ruwenzori. The call comes at a time as a section of Anglican Christians from Bundibugyo District want to secede from Ruwenzori Diocese and create their own diocese.
Last week, the Christians led by Charles Kisembo, the head of laity Bumandu Archdeaconry announced plans to break away from Ruwenzori Diocese and form West Ruwenzori diocese with its headquarters at Bumandu in Bundibugyo district. Kisembo alleges that they are being marginalised and oppressed by Bishop Kisembo and other clergy.
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.
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.