Thousands welcome Kigezi New Bishop-Elect

By Sophan Niwamanya

Thousands of Christians in the Diocese of Kigezi have this afternoon gathered at Nyeikunama playground in Muhunga Town council in Rukiga district to welcome the 6th Bishop-Elect of the Diocese of Kigezi, Rev. Canon Gaddie Akanjuna.

The procession was led by the outgoing Bishop of the Diocese of Kigezi, Rt. Rev. George Bagamuhunda, Emeritus Bishop, Rt. Rev. Dr. William Rukirande, and the Bishop of East Rwenzori diocese in Kamwengye district, Rt. Rev. George Turyasingura, in the company of other religious leaders in and outside Kigezi.

Rev. Canon Gaddie Akanjuna commended leaders in the diocese for their good preparations and organization to make the day colorful. He applauded the outgoing bishop, Bagamuhunda, for handing over joyfully.

He assured Christians that the love of God would enable him to work and cooperate with Christians in spreading the good news of Jesus Christ.

He promised to meet Christians in their respective archdeaconsries and asked them to remain in God’s love.

Bishop Bagamuhunda thanked Christians for the company available towards welcoming the new Diocesan Bishop. He asked them to cooperate with him for the development of the diocese.

Rukiga district Members of Parliament Ndyomugyenyi Bish Roland and Hon. Caroline Kamusiime have pledged cooperation with the church as they have always done.

They applauded the outgoing Bishop Bagamuhunda for being a spiritual father, mentor, and developmentalist during his tenure as the bishop.

Following a welcome procession at Nyeikunama playground, thousands of Christians flock to the Ntungamo-Kabale road, blocking traffic and paralyzing security officials.

The roads in Kabale town were full of welcoming vehicles, bands, and Christians, hence the jam was high.

The Bishop Elect, Ven. Can Gaddie Akanjuna, will be consecrated and enthroned as the 6th bishop of the diocese of Kigezi tomorrow at Kigezi High School primary playground.

The function will be presided over by the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, the Most Rev Stephen Samuel Kaziimba Mugalu, assisted by several bishops from all over the country, and the Chief Guest is expected to be President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.