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Rubanda Priest Refuses to Baptize Child of Parishioner Who “Voted Wrong Candidate”  

Rev Fr Herbert Agaba, the parish priest of Kakore Catholic Parish in Kabale diocese is on the spot for refusing to baptise one of his parishioners’ child, accusing the couple of voting for an Anglican candidate in the September NRM primary elections.

Rev Fr Agaba is known to be a staunch supporter of the incumbent Rubanda East Member of Parliament Henry Musasizi and has on several occasions de-campaigned Independent candidate Jogo Kenneth Biryabarema.

Fr Agaba has also on several occasions asked Catholics in Kakore parish to support a fellow Catholic Musasizi at the expense of  Biryabarema, an Anglican.

But Christians are now concerned that the Reverend Father could be taking his support too far.

Racheal Ninsiima from Rutooma says she was denied a Baptism form for her daughter and was told that she was chased from the church because she lined up behind Jogo Biryabarema an Anglican, in the September NRM primary elections.

Ninsiima says she was informed by her catechist, one Namanya that the decision to chase all those that did not support Musasizi in the party primaries came from Rev Fr Agaba.

She said she was now considering joining the Anglican Church.

Simon Mujuni, a Christian from Rutooma while speaking to Chimpreports, alleged that that FR Agaba even ordered each church in his parish to raise 100,000 shillings to support their Catholic candidate Henry Musasizi.

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When our reporter contacted the Rutooma Catechist Namanya, about the matter, he referred us to the Kakore parish priest Fr Agaba who declined to speak to us.

Monsignor Silverio Twinobusingye the Vicar General of Kabale Diocese said they had already received accusations against the priest and the catchiest describing the incidents as terrible.

He said investigations in the matter are underway.

Rev Fr Gaetano Batanyenda, the Chairperson of Kigezi Interreligious Council also condemned the incidents and cautioned religious leaders against being indulged in divisive politics for selfish gains. He added that religious leaders should instead use their pulpits to preach unity, harmony and development in their respective areas of service.

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