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Bishop Katumba to Abandon Colored Cassock in Protest of Church Demolition

The Bishop announced this during a visit to Ndeeba, the site of the Church which was reduced to debris on Sunday night, bringing to the fore an ownership dispute pitting the administrators of the estate of the late Evelyn Nachwa, a Buganda Kingdom Princess and Church of Uganda.
Bishop Henry Katumba Tamale

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The West Buganda Diocesan Bishop Henry Katumba Tamale has announced that he will wear a black cassock for the rest of his life, if the Church Structure which was demolished in Ndeeba, is not reinstated. 

The Bishop announced this during a visit to Ndeeba, the site of the Church which was reduced to debris on Sunday night, bringing to the fore an ownership dispute pitting the administrators of the estate of the late Evelyn Nachwa, a Buganda Kingdom Princess and Church of Uganda. 

The Bishop said that from today, he will only wear the black canonical dress as a symbolic protest as a sign of grief for the demolition of the house of God. On top of the black cassock, the Bishop will also wear black caps and black robe.      

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Although the faithful have embarked on the reconstruction of the razed church, it is still questionable whether they will be successful given the fact that there is a trail of paperwork from courts of law indicating that the church does not own the land on which the church structure stood for over 40 years. 

The High Court Land Division ruled last year that the land in question had been fraudulently registered in the names of Bishop Danistan Nsubuga, Rev Yuda Kitaka, and Esau Kizito. The Court further ordered the commissioner Land registration to return the duplicate certificate of title for the land to the administrators of the estate of the late Evelyn Nachwa.

The same administrators secured a court order last month to demolish the Church structure on the land in question and on the same basis, the acting Kampala Capital City Authority physical planner Ivan Katongole gave a green light on the demolition.

Katumba will not be the first Ugandan prelate to demonstrate his frustration by adjusting his official dress code. For nearly 10 years, the Archbishop of York Dr John Ssentamu never put on a dog collar protesting the leadership of Robert Mugabe, former president of] Zimbabwe.

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