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Muhabura Diocese Starts Selection of Bishop Mugisha's Successor

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.
Muhabuura Diocese Bishop Rt.Rev. Cranmer Mugisha

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Muhabuura Diocese has started the process of selecting a new Bishop to replace Bishop Cranmer Mugisha, who is seeking early retirement.

In September 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.  

On Tuesday, a highly placed source at the diocese said that the synod members appointed Ernest Mushime Sendegeya as the Chairperson for the nominations committee.

John 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.

In the 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 names. 

Tereraho explains that the synod meeting also agreed that the process to elect a new Bishop will last eight months.  

When contacted, Rev. Steven Ruzaza, Muhabura Diocesan Secretary declined to comment about the meeting saying that the matters that were discussed were confidential.  

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 early retirement.

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The news 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.

They accused 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.

But, Rev, Ruzaza rubbished all the allegations and described them as baseless.

In 2007, 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.

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