Chaos In Tooro As Priests, Bishop Face off

healing sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Drama started unfolding at Kanyamukale Catholic Parish, in Rwimi Sub County, Kabarole district when rowdy priests stormed the parish premises protesting the bishop’s directive to transfer Parish Priest Rev. Fr. Selevano Balikurungi.

Hundreds of Catholics joined by Christians and other religious sects gathered at the parish and offered a special prayer known as Novena and fasted as an expression of their dissatisfaction.

Bishop Muhirwa intends to transfer Fr. Balikurungi to Nyahuka catholic parish in Bundibugyo after which he will be replaced by Rev. Fr. David Isiingoma who is just two years old in priesthood.

The protesting priests and Christians Fr. Balikurungi is hardworking, innovative and has brought developments in the diocese.

Mid this week, the angry priests and believers blocked Fr. Isiingoma from entering the parish sparking off the ugly confrontations.


Genesis of the standoff

Bishop Muhirwa accuses Fr. Balikurungi of mobilising about 50 catholic priests from the diocese to go and visit President Yoweri Museveni.

According to Bishop Muhirwa, the priest led the team to State House without his permission and knowledge.

Fr. Balikurungi went to explain some of the challenges they face as priests and lobby support from the president to fund their projects.

President Museveni welcomed them warmly and promised them 110 motorcycles to ease transport and 50 heifers to enhance the catholic followers’ projects in Fort Portal Diocese.

As a result of the visit, the bishop decided to get rid of the father who had wanted to shine brighter than himself.

Last Month, Peace Mutuzo, who is in charge of welfare in the Office of the President, was actually behind the mobilisation with an intention of winning support from priests since they interact with many people, especially believers.

Mutuzo intends to contest in the 2016 general elections as Kabarole Woman Member of Parliament yet the Bishop is in support of the incumbent Hon. Victoria Businge Rusoke hence the bitter divisions.

The bishop thus “authored” an excuse claiming the clergy’s visit was not in line with the catholic rules of procedure.

“Priests are supposed to be neutral. The pledges given to priests were bribes not allowed in the eyes of God.”

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