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Clergy to West Buganda Christians: Stop Discussing Bishop Makumbi\'s Successor

However, Yosam Ssemakula, a member of the church says the debate on the next Bishop shouldn\'t be silenced.
Reverend Canon Enock Muwanguzi, the chairperson House of Clergy West Buganda Diocese has asked Christians in the diocese to desist from speculating on the successor of their late Bishop Godfrey Makumbi. Makumbi succumbed to throat cancer at the Cancer Institute in Mulago Hospital on Sunday last week. He will be laid to rest this afternoon at St. Paul\'s Cathedral Kako in Masaka district.

However, shortly after news of the death of Bishop Godfrey Makumbi broke, Christians started speculating on his successor. Reverend Canon Enock Muwanguzi, the chairperson House of Clergy West Buganda Diocese says he is surprised that Christians are engaging in this talk even before the Bishop is laid to rest.

Muwanguzi told mourners during the requiem mass for the late Bishop at St Paul\'s Cathedral Kako on martyrs day that he had received reports that some Christians who destablised the diocese in 2010 when the synod was in the process of electing a new Bishop are behind the talk. He says it is a shame Christians are demanding for a new Bishop even before Makumbi is laid to rest.  

Muwanguzi\'s outburst follows demands by a section of Christians that the next Bishop should be picked from the clerics in the diocese. However, Yosam Ssemakula, a member of the church says the debate on the next Bishop shouldn\'t be silenced. He explains that having a Bishop elected from the diocese is advantageous since he is already knowledgeable about the area.

Ssemakula also says an indigenous bishop knows the problems of the diocese. Bishop Emeritus Samuel Keffa Kamya says he is saddened that the person who replaced him has had a short-lived evangelism. He explains that when handing over to Bishop Makumbi, he thought thathe had been replaced by an energetic cleric. Bishop Kamya however says the four years Bishop Makumbi has spent as Bishop of West Buganda have been fruitful.

He says his unique strategy of monthly mass evangelism has spread the gospel further. Last year, Bishop Makumbi launched an evangelism strategy which involved moving around the diocese to conduct mass evangelism. Each archdeacon would organise at least an open air prayer during which many preachers would camp there and minister to Christians.

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