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Bishop-Elect of West Ruwenzori Diocese Never Aspired to Episcopacy

In an interview with URN, he said that he and other priests were asked to update their file records and he did it for formality without any expectation of becoming a bishop.
Rev. Barnabas Tibaijuka Chengo, the first Bishop-Elect West Ruwenzori diocese

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Rev. Barnabas Tibaijuka Chengo Apuuli, the Bishop-elect of the newly created West Ruwenzori Diocese, has said that he never thought of becoming a bishop during his time as a minister of God.

The announcement of his election as the first bishop of the new diocese, which was carved out of the Ruwenzori diocese, was made on Monday by the Provincial Secretary of the Church of Uganda.   

Rev. Tibaijuka has been serving as the Vicar for Bughanikere parish for the past seven years. In an interview with URN, he said that he and other priests were asked to update their file records and he did it for formality without any expectation of becoming a bishop.   

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  He believes that God has called him for a purpose, but it will only be fully realized if Christians and other stakeholders support him. 

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Rev. Tibaijuka, a former primary school teacher, attempted to join theology school after senior four in 1995 but was not admitted. He then opted to join PTC and graduated with a diploma in primary teaching. 

In 2008, he was presented with an opportunity to join a theological school at Uganda Christian University, which he pursued while juggling between serving as a priest and a teacher until 2019 when his application for early retirement was accepted by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education. 

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Rev. Rebecca Nyangoma Musemeza, the assistant Vicar Bughanikere parish, described the Bishop-elect as a man who loves God and serves His people. 

Although Rev. Tibaijuka never shared his interest in becoming a bishop, Rev. Rebecca says that his great works, including mobilizing resources for transforming the parish, could not be ignored by the nomination committee. 

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Rev. Tibaijuka was born in 1975 in Butungama, Rwebisengo, present-day Ntoroko district. He has taught in various primary schools in Bundibugyo and Ntoroko districts and served as a tutor at Bishop Balya Theological College in Kabarole district. 

He also worked as a diocesan social worker and parish priest, among other responsibilities. He gave his life to Christ in 1995 during a crusade in Harugale Sub County in Bundibugyo district.

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