Ntungamo Man Arrested for Forging His Way into Priesthood

A 26-year-old man has been arrested in Ntungamo for impersonating top leaders in the Church of Uganda leadership in order to secure himself a leadership post therein.

The suspect, Denis Muhumuza Byamugisha who is a resident of Rwentoba in Nyakyera sub county, Ntungamo district is said to have forged appointment letters supposedly from the Bishop of South Ankole Rt. Rev. Nathan Ahimbisibwe and the Bishop of West Ankole Dioceses Rt. Rev. Johnson Twinomujuni, in order to get a job as a lay leader.

Muhumuza did indeed get the job and has been serving as a lay leader in North Kigezi Diocese.

His luck however, run out late last month when Christians in Nyabiteete Archdeaconry started to get suspicious of him.

These mobilized and called the South Ankole Diocese who told them that Byamugisha was unknown to them.

He was arrested and detained at Rukungiri police station and on Monday was transferred to Ntungamo.

Byamugisha according to police, initially forged a release letter with a stamp and signature of the Diocesan Secretary of South Ankole, Rev Canon Yoram Ntoreine to the bishop of West Ankole, seeking to be given a job as a lay leader.

When he failed to get one, he tried again, this time writing to the North Kigezi Diocese where he later secured a job as a lay leader Nyabitete Archdeaconry.


Police and locals also say that the suspect has been imitating the voices of Bishop Nathan Ahimbisibwe of South Ankole Diocese and Bishop Johnson Twinomujuni of West Ankole Diocese in order to obtain money from people.

Rev. Canon Yoram Ntoreine the South Ankole diocesan secretary says they have been getting information of Byamugisha coning Christian’s using his name as well that of Bishop Nathan Ahimbisibwe.

On interrogation, Byamugisha admitted to his crimes saying he was doing this for survival, and asked for forgiveness.

Damian Katwesiime, the Ntungamo district police commander says police investigations into the matter are underway.

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