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Archbishop Kazimba To Decide Proposed Inauguration of Ruwenzori West Diocese

Rev. Julius Tumwesige, the archdeacon of Bumadu archdeaconry, says that since the Archbishop is the highest decision-maker in the leadership of you, he has to inspect the progress of the work and make final recommendations on the inception program for the diocese.
Bumadu archdeaconry will be the headquarters of the proposed West Ruwenzori Diocese

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The much-anticipated inauguration for the first Bishop of the Ruwenzori West diocese will have to wait until the Church of Uganda-CoU Archbishop, Dr. Steven Kazimba Mugalu conducts the final evaluation of the works on the proposed diocese.   

The inauguration activities were slated for July this year but authorities say that this will only happen after getting final recommendations from the archbishop. However, local officials, say most of the required work is complete.   

Rev. Julius Tumwesige,  the archdeacon of Bumadu archdeaconry, says that since the Archbishop is the highest decision-maker in the leadership of you, he has to inspect the progress of the work and make final recommendations on the inception program for the diocese.  

Tumwesige, who also doubles as the coordinator for the proposed diocese, says that the archbishop is expected to visit the proposed diocese on July 8th, 2022 where he will receive a comprehensive report regarding the progress of the work. 

“He is coming on a pastoral visit but as Bundibugyo we are lucky as people seeking to have a new diocese that the archbishop will also visit us and also assess the progress of this work, certainly, his word will be final in this development... ” Rev. Tumwesige said  

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//Cue in: “Akwisa mu kubungira...   

Cue out: ...kutekanisha west Ruwenzori.”//   

Rev. Tumwesige adds that they have covered over 95% of all the requirements for the creation of the diocese. He, however, says that only a few such as the construction of an outside kitchen and toilet on the Bishop’s house, perimeter wall, plastering of the outside part of the cathedral, and buying more furniture are remaining.   

//Cue in: “So we have ...

Cue out: ...emilhimo ekithandikiraho,”//  

Rev. Tumwesige says that once the archbishop accepts the inauguration of the diocese, then the nomination committee will sieve applicants for the position, and forward two names to the house of a bishop for the final election.

The Bwamba County MP, Richard Gafabusa, says that they are optimistic that the diocese will be inaugurated this year.  In 2017, renegade Christians in Bundibugyo District requested to break away from Ruwenzori Diocese and demanded the transfer of Canon Jonathan Kyangasha, who had been appointed Archdeacon of Bumadu.

In the same year, the Church of Uganda Synod agreed to the creation of the Diocese and asked the authorities to construct staff houses, the Bishop's house, and appoint qualified staff. Bumadu Archdeaconry will be the headquarters of the new Diocese that will comprise three archdeaconries, 21 parishes, and 163 churches with a population of over 165,000 Christians.   

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