Sunday May 25 2014

Christians sue bishop over mismanagement


Bushenyi/Mbarara- The long running conflict between the bishop and some Christians in West Ankole Diocese in Bushenyi, has now gone to court.

On Thursday, four Christians, Mr Sam Kahindi, Canon Yowasi Makaaru Rwamango, Mr William Wilberforce Asiimwe and Mr Keneth Kiiza petitioned the High Court in Mbarara, accusing the Rt Rev Yona Mwesigwa Katoneene and the diocesan trustees of mismanaging the Diocese.

“The defendants, particularly the second defendant (Bishop Katoneene) ever since he was consecrated Bishop of West Ankole, has failed to manage and run the affairs of the diocese in accordance with the constitution of West Ankole Diocese to the detriment of the plaintiffs and Christians in the Diocese and the Province of the Church of Uganda,” the suit reads in part.

They say Bishop Katoneene has continued to run the diocese through a diocesan council whose term of office expired in May 2012.

They say this makes the decisions that have since been taken, as null and void, which affects the diocese and the Christians.

The Christians are seeking court to remove the defendants from the management of Ankole Western Institute of Science and Technology (AWIST).
They also want the committee appointed by the joint meeting of the board and council of AWIST on December 30, 2013 to stop its activities under its current chairperson Mr Marvin Byaruhanga who they claim was illegally appointed by the bishop.

The petitioners also want court to stop establishment of a branch of AWIST/University or any course away from Kabwohe campus until the governing council decides otherwise. They also want to be awarded general damages and costs of the suit.

Court has asked Bishop Katoneene and the diocese trustees to file their defence against the case within 15 days from the date they received summons. The suit was filed on May 22.

The Diocesan Secretary, Mr Arthur Twine, said they had not yet received the summons and he would only comment on the case after receiving them.
But when Sunday Monitor contacted Bishop Katoneene on Thursday, he insisted his actions were lawful.