Kampala: The church of Uganda probe committee instituted by the House of Bishops is set to sit today to start inquiries into the alleged breach of the provincial constitution by Canons on the selection of potential candidates to succeed Bishop Wilberforce Luwalira as Namirembe Diocese Bishop.
The team was appointed by the House of Bishops that sat at the provincial secretariat at Namirembe on October 4th to help establish facts in the alleged mishandling of the nomination process.
The committee is headed by the retired bishop of northern Uganda Johnson Gakumba. Other members of the committee include central Buganda bishop Michael Lubowa, Kumi Diocese bishop Esakhan Okwi, and Bishop Patrick Wakula of central Busoga, with Naboth Muhairwe, the Provincial Chancellor as its legal advisor.
The House of Bishops earlier declined to consider the nominated candidates and deferred the process owing to complaints allegedly received from people who had expressed interests in succeeding Luwalira.
Two candidates in Reverend Moses Banja, the Archdeacon of Luzira Archdeaconry and Reverend Abraham Muyinda, the Vicar of Namirembe Cathedral had been nominated to the House of Bishops. The nominations committee is chaired by the Diocesan chancellor Frederick Mpang
Qualification process for election
The persons standing for the office of the diocesan bishop under the Province of the Church of Uganda are selected within the provisions of section 3.7.22 of the Provincial Canons of the Church of Uganda.
They must be ordained priests who have served in pastoral ministry at least for ten (10) years, must have clocked the age of forty five (45) and holders of a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology, among others.
Namirembe Diocese is one of the 37 dioceses that constitute the Province of the Church of Uganda. The other diocese that is yet to get its new bishop as a result of unresolved controversy is Luweero Diocese.
The third bishop of Luweero Diocese retired in July 2023. The House of Bishops revoked the election process for Rev. Can. Godfrey Kasana as the fourth bishop of Luweero, and a new nomination process is underway according to sources privy to this matter.