Thursday February 11 2016

Probe on suspended Buhweju RDC starts

The Resident District Commissioner (RDC), Mr.

The Resident District Commissioner (RDC), Mr. Moses Mwebesa.  

By Zadock Amanyisa


State House has commenced investigations against suspended Buhweju Resident District Commissioner Moses Mwebesa, following an incident in which he led security officials to attack a catholic church charismatic prayer session at St. Kizito, Bihanga parish on January 30.

A team from State House, led by Capt. Martha Asiimwe arrived in Buhweju on Tuesday, and have been asked to compile a report about the matter, acting Buhweju RDC, Emmy Kateeta told Daily Monitor on Wednesday.

“They will find out what exactly transpired,” Mr Kateera said.
Capt. Asiimwe, who is Mbarara RDC also doubles as the dean of RDCs in State House. Mr Kateera said the investigators will produce a report which statehouse will base on to take further action, and inform the public.

Presidency Minister Frank Tumwebaze on February 4 suspended Mr Mwebesa to pave way for investigations, following the incident at St. Kizito, Bihanga catholic parish, in which the RDC got involved in a scuffle with the parish priest Fr. Kenneth Beingana. Mr Tumwebaze appointed Mr Kateera acting RDC.

Following the incident in the wee hours of Saturday, January 30 morning, Christians in Buhweju and Mbarara Archdiocese called on Mr Tumwebaze to reprimand the now controversial RDC, who had ordered the police to stop the routine overnight charismatic renewal prayers accusing the parish priest of holding the prayer session without informing the Inspector General of Police.

In three separate statements, the Archdiocese of Mbarara Development Association Chairman Dr Gaston Ampe, the Bihanga Parish Council Chairman Mr Ferdinand Kanyankore and Kitabi Seminary Old Boys Association Vice Chairman Mr Raymond Karamagi all condemned the actions of the RDC, saying he had undermined the celebration of mass, a grave offence under the catholic church.

A parish council meeting of 44 members of Bihanga parish also resolved that Mr Mwebesa apologises to the entire catholic community in Buhweju and Mbarara Archdiocese before the February 10 before the next course of action was announced. Mr Mwebesa was subsequently suspended .