Rev. Canon Captain William Ongeng, the Church of Uganda Provincial Secretary said that the ongoing process by the synod is genuine. He also said that the Anglican Church accepted Bishop Muhima’s plans for early retirement.
Diocese has started the process of selecting a new Bishop to replace Bishop Cranmer
Mugisha, who is seeking early retirement.
during the extraordinary diocesan council meeting, Bishop Mugisha hinted at early
retirement. Mugisha who was consecrated in August 2007, replacing Bishop Ernest
Shalita, and is supposed to officially retire in 2024 however did not reveal when
he would retire and the exact reasons behind early retirement.
a highly placed source at the diocese said that the synod members appointed Ernest
Mushime Sendegeya as the Chairperson for the nominations committee.
Tereraho, the Diocesan Head of laity said that Sendegeya will be assisted by a committee
of 15 members who will select two names that will be sent to the House of Bishops.
Church of Uganda Canons, the Diocesan Synod selects the nomination committee
that will nominate two names of qualified priests in the diocese to the
province. The House of Bishops will elect the new bishop from the two
explains that the synod meeting also agreed that the process to elect a new
Bishop will last eight months.
contacted, Rev. Steven Ruzaza, Muhabura Diocesan Secretary declined to comment
about the meeting saying that the matters that were discussed were confidential.
Captain William Ongeng, the Church of Uganda Provincial Secretary said that the
ongoing process by the synod is genuine. He also said that the Anglican Church accepted
Bishop Muhima’s early retirement.
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about Mugisha’s early retirement angered a section of Christians led by
Philemon Mateke, the former Minister of State for Regional Affairs who is also
the Muhabura Diocesan Synod member.
Bishop Mugisha of making several outbursts during the 2021 general elections
which left many Christians divided, failing Church projects during his tenure,
promoting nepotism, hatred, and disunity among Christians.
Ruzaza rubbished all the allegations and described them as baseless.
Muhabura Diocese was hit by a row after the Christians rejected the then Bishop-elect
David Sebuhinja. However, he was consecrated Bishop in Mbale and given another
ministry outside Muhabura Diocese.
Christians also put needles in the cathedral chair of late Bishop Ernest Shalita
after he recommended Sebuhinja as his replacement. When the former Archbishop of
Church of Uganda, the late Mpalanyi Nkoyoyo, went to Muhabura to arbitrate in
the disputes he was blocked from entering the cathedral.