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.