The High Court in Kampala on Tuesday ruled that the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda Stanley Ntagali lawfully took over the episcopal jurisdiction of West Ankole Diocese.
Justice Lydia Mugambe said that under Canon Law, Ntagali has powers to take over the seat of any vacant diocese until a new Bishop is appointed.
The judge also noted that Ntagali has powers to appoint Commissaries to assist him in the administration, pastoral care and discipline of the diocese pending the appointment of the new Bishop.
Justice Lydia Mugambe then dismissed the case in which 11 Canons had sued Arch. Ntagali accusing him of appointing an eight-member commissary, yet as synod members they had already put in place a committee responsible for appointing a new bishop.
Ntagali’s move to appoint the said commissaries followed the retirement of Bishop Yona Katonene when there was no replacement.