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West Ankole Diocese rift goes to court, Arch Ntangali summoned

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Archbishop Ntangali

The High Court in Kampala has summoned the leader of the Church of Uganda Archbishop Stanley Ntagali to respond to allegations by 11 canons that he has unlawfully taken over  the episcopal jurisdiction of West Ankole Diocese.

Canons led by Christopher Kisembo accuse Archbishop Ntagali of abusing his authority and the constitution of the Province of  the Church of Uganda by appointing a commission to  choose a new  Bishop for West Ankole Diocese upon the retirement of  Rt. Rev Yona Katonene.

The court deputy registrar Alex Ajiji signed the summons giving Bishop Ntagali 15 days to file his defence in court.

Canon Kisembo and his colleagues contend that as West Ankole Diocese Synod members, they had already  put in place  a commission to appoint the  new bishop but Ntagali undermined it and instituted his own on the October 2, 2016.

The canons say Ntagali’s actions are illegal and portray West Ankole as a failing Diocese.

 

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