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Kigezi Bishops Clash Over Church Ownership

A bitter religious row is simmering between Rt. Rev. Benon Magezi, the Bishop of North Kigezi Diocese in Rukungiri district and Rev. Dan Zoreka, the Bishop of Kinkiizi Diocese in Kanungu district.

The two are split over the ownership of Rugandu Church of Uganda, which is located in Kigaga Parish, Rutenga Sub County at the border of the two districts.

The church was closed four months ago by Bishop Magezi, after its members became divided on whether it belongs to Kinkiizi Diocese or North Kigezi Diocese.

Rugandu COU

On Monday however, Rev Zoreka   forcefully reopened the church, stating that his North Kigezi Diocese colleague had acted arbitrarily.

Zoreka during the service, cautioned Bishop Magezi against involving himself in the affairs of Kinkiizi Diocese.

Bishop Magezi, on the other hand, condemned Zoreka’s action of reopening the church and threatened to drag him to court for trespass

“I had talked to him not to interfere in the affairs of my diocese by opening that church, but he went and used force. He leaves us with no choice but to involve the courts of law,”  Bishop Magezi said.

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