Anglican priest, lay readers excommunicated

BY APN REPORTER

MASAKA

West Buganda Diocesan leaders under the Church of Uganda have ex-communicated Rev. Cornelious Kateregga Bakubanja, over his close ties with a rival Church.

Rev. Bakubanja, 61, a senior pastor attached to Kyampagi Church of Uganda in Kyotera District, had five months ago indicated that he wanted to quit Church of Uganda and champion doctrines of Orthodox Anglican Church.

The West Buganda Diocesan Secretary, Canon Samuel Mwesigwa says that the excommunicated priest had earlier requested to retire from Church service though his request was left pending over lack of clear reasons until they learnt about his intentions of establishing a new faith on social media.  Mwesigwa also says that three lay readers who include; Erusa Nawamiki,Emmanuel Rusangizi and Emmanuel Musasizi have also been excommunicated for accepting to be ordained by Rev. Bakubanja.

When contacted Rev.  Bakubanja mocked the diocesan leaders, saying their decision was meaningless since he had already left Church of Uganda and his move was clear to everyone.

 Who is Rev. Bakubanja

Rev. Bakubanja was born on September 24, 1956 at Gayaza Village Kyotera, started serving as a catechist 1980 and later ordained as a priest in 1984, served in various churches including Kimwanyi, Lwamabala, Ssunga, Nabusanke, Nkozi National Teachers College  as a chaplain and later Kyampagi Church of Uganda were he resigned on September 24 last year.

He has also served as a head teacher at Kakoma SS , Namuganga SS and Kakabajjo SS where he retired and started running his own School of Gayaza SS  in Kyotera Town Council were he also conducts his Sunday services now.

He prides himself to have reached at a level the of ‘Very Reverend’ in the Anglican church and now ordained Vicar general in the Orthodox Anglican awaiting to become its first Bishop in Uganda.

In 2010, Rev. Bakubanja emerged among the three candidates that had been shortlisted by the West Buganda Diocesan Electoral College, in their search for a new Bishop, but he lost to the late Rt Rev. Godfrey Makumbi.

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