In their civil suit number 343 of 2021 filed through their lawyers of M/s Ngaruye Ruhindi, Spenser & Company Advocates, the petitioners argue that ever since Mugisha was consecrated Bishop in August 2007, he has never bothered to establish a diocesan constitution as provided for under article 4 of the church of Uganda provincial constitution.
Two Christians from Muhabura diocese have petitioned the High court seeking a permanent injunction stopping the selection process of the successor to Bishop Cranmer Mugisha. Th petitioners are Innocent Ndajimana and Solomon Rugera Kaana, residents of Murambi and Chahi villages respectively in Kisoro district.
On September 13, 2021, during the extraordinary diocesan council meeting, Bishop Mugisha hinted at early
retirement. Mugisha who was consecrated in August 2007 to replace Bishop Ernest Shalita is supposed to retire in 2024. He has, however, opted for
A section of Christians led by Philemon Mateke, the former Minister of State for Regional Affairs and a member of the diocesan synod., Bernard Muftimukiza, Renie Semiryango, Dinah Uwamaroho and
Gerlad Twinomujuni from St. Andrew’s Cathedral among others accused Bishop Mugisha of rushing to retire before the end of his tenure after realizing his mistakes of
failing Church projects, promoting nepotism, hatred, and division among Christians.
On October 11th, 2021 diocesan synod sat and appointed Ernest Joel Mushime Sendegeya as the
Chairperson of the nominations committee on grounds that they had been cleared by the Church of Uganda to start the process of selecting the new Bishop. Rev. Canon
Captain William Ongeng, the Church of Uganda Provincial Secretary confirmed that they had cleared the process
However, the move has not gone
down with the petitioners. They have jointly sued the Church of Uganda, Bishop Mugisha, Sendegeya, and the Archbishop, the Most Rev. Dr. Kazimba Mugalu. In their civil suit number 343 of 2021 filed through their
lawyers of M/s Ngaruye Ruhindi,
Spenser & Company Advocates, the petitioners argue that ever since Mugisha was consecrated Bishop
in August 2007, he has never bothered to establish a diocesan constitution as provided for under article 4 of the church of Uganda provincial
Ndajijimana also says that they decided
to seek a permanent injunction on the selection
process because Bishop Mugisha did not reveal the time
he is retiring and give the reasons for
his decision. He also says that
Sendegeya is illegally occupying
the office of the diocesan chancellor since there is no diocesan constitution to determine the manner of his appointment and
He also says that since Sendeyega is a grandson of
Bishop Mugisha it will be easy for the retiring cleric to
influence him to select his preferred successor.
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Our reporter also saw the high court summon directing the Trustees of Church of Uganda, Bishop Mugisha, Archbishop Mugalu, and Sendeyeya to file their defense within 15 days. Efforts to get a comment from Bishop
Mugisha were futile as he could not pick his phone.
But Rev. Steven Ruzaza,
Muhabura, the Secretary of Muhabuura diocese, says that they are yet to be served with the petition,
adding that the diocese is at peace.
Ruzaza’s comment was not different from that of Rev. Canon Captain Ongeng, who also told our reporter that he has neither received any court summons nor heard of the petition.
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Ndajijimana explains that when their lawyers went to serve the diocesan officials, they all took off and locked outside the
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According to an inside source, Rev. Ruzaza, Canon
Mbitse Godfrey, the Archdeacon of Gisorora Church of
Uganda archdeaconry and Canon Phillip Muhire of St. Andrews Cathedral Sub dean are being scrutinized
by the diocesan nominations committee as possible
replacements to Mugisha.
This is not the first time, Muhabura diocese is engaged in wrangles with a section of Christians. In 2007, Muhabura Diocese was
hit by a
row after the Christians rejected the
Bishop-elect Rev. Canon David Sebuhinja, who has since been ordained Bishop in Mbale and given another ministry outside his mother diocese, Muhabura.
In 2002, Christians planted needles in the seat of Bishop Shalita. When the former Archbishop, Mpalanyi Nkoyoyo, went to Muhabura
to arbitrate, angry Christians blocked him from entering