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Excitement As Archbishop Kaziimba Vists Bundibugyo

The visit to Bundibugyo comes at a time when Christians are preparing to secede from Ruwenzori Diocese. Archbishop Kaziimba will on Friday visit Bumadu Archdeaconry, the proposed West Ruwenzori Diocese headquarters.
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There is excitement among Christians in Bundibugyo District as they await to receive the Archbishop Church of Uganda His Grace Dr Stephen Kaziimba Mugalu.

Archbishop Kaziimba is currently on a pastoral visit in Ruwenzori, the first time since his consecration in 2020.

The visit to Bundibugyo comes at a time when Christians are preparing to secede from Ruwenzori Diocese. Archbishop Kaziimba will on Friday visit Bumadu Archdeaconary, the proposed West Ruwenzori Diocese headquarters.

Christians are optimistic that Kaziimba will consent to their demand for a diocese. 

As early as 7:30 am, hundreds of believers including the elderly and young children had already started flocking the archdeaconary. 

Jacqueline Kabasinguzi a Christian from Bumate, says this will be the first time in her 35 years of the faith to physically see the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda.

“Am excited, first of all, I have never seen any Archbishop coming to Bundibugyo, so this will be my first time and I hope he will pray for me and my family” Kabasinguzi said.

Patrick Balinda, another Christian says that he is optimistic that the Archbishop will approve the creation of the proposed diocese.  He adds that Christians have done all that is required to prepare for the operations of the diocese. 

“For me and all other Christians here, this visit means a lot, first it comes at the time when we have for long been demanding for our diocese and here is the right man coming to see himself what he has been hearing,” Mutabazi said.

Jennifer Katusabe, a Christian at Bumadu, says it is a blessing to receive the Archbishop at such a time when they are demanding a diocese.  She also expects the Archbishop to respond to some of the differences that are existing within local churches in the region. 

The lay leader Kamuhanda Zapieri is hopeful that Ruwenzori West Diocese will add to the development of Bundibugyo as a diocese by supporting household incomes generating initiatives.

The demand for the diocese by Christians of Bundibugyo started as early as 1986 on account of language differences between the people of Tooro, the Bamba/Babwisi, and Bakonzo communities.

In 2017, rebel Christians in Bundibugyo district requested a separate diocese from Ruwenzori and demanded the transfer of Canon Jonathan Kyangasha, who had been appointed Archdeacon of Bumadu by the Bishop of Ruwenzori Diocese. 

In the same year, COU Synod agreed to the creation of the diocese and asked the authorities to construct staff houses, the Bishop’s house, and have qualified staff. 

If created, Ruwenzori West Diocese will comprise three archdeaconaries, 21 parishes, and 163 churches.  

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