Masaka. Controversy has marred the search for the new West Buganda Bishop after the diocesan secretariat resolved to throw out names of some elected synod representatives.
According to Rev Canon Fred Kayondo, the dean St Paul’s Cathedral, Kako, the elected youth representative for Kako Parish was disqualified because he is above the required age of 35 years.
Reading a letter written by Rev Canon Samuel Mwesigwa, the diocesan secretary, to the congregation shortly after the main service at the diocesan Cathedral at Kako in Masaka District over the weekend, Mr Kayondo indicated that Mr John Mugabi was irregularly elected and therefore disqualified. “Besides, Mr Mugabi is not a regular member of the cathedral from where he was elected. I am calling for fresh elections for this post,” Canon Kayondo told the congregation.
However, the letter angered the congregation and majority insisted the decision to throw out Mr Mugabi was unfair.
Mr Mike Ssegawa, a youth from the diocesan cathedral, said they are not ready to conduct fresh elections for a new representative, claiming that the decision by the diocesan secretariat aimed at throwing out independent-minded people.
“This could be a deliberate plot to throw him out of the synod, to cause confusion in the church and cover up the rot taking place in the diocesan administration,” he said. He added: “The allegations of me being over the required age are being circulated by people afraid that I will reveal their irregularities to the new synod,” he claimed.
When contacted, Canon Mwesigwa refuted accusations labelled against him, saying he is following the stipulated procedures for the synod elections which he vowed to strictly observe.
The office of West Buganda bishop fell vacant in June this year following the death of Bishop Godfrey Makumbi who served for four years.