Busoga Diocese to be Split into Three

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In short
The current Busoga diocese covers 10 districts with headquarters in Bugembe, the outskirts of Jinja district. However some leaders, clergy and Christians in the region agitating for a split are citing lack of accountability, inaccessibility and poor service delivery in the mother diocese.

Busoga diocese, a constituent of the province of the church of Uganda is set to be split into three dioceses following years of management wrangles, Rev Canon David Kaluya, the Diocesan secretary has confirmed.

This will pave way for the creation of two new dioceses of central and South Busoga.

Bugiri-Kyando and Bugiri archdeaconries will form South Busoga Diocese, with headquarters in Bugiri town. Iganga, Namayingo, Mayuge, Namutumba and Kaliro district s will be under the Central Busoga Diocese, with the headquarters at All Saints Church in Iganga.

Rev Patrick Mutalwa, the Iganga archdeacon says Iganga Archdeaconry has already been verified and awaits appointments of a Bishop and other diocesan staff.

The current Busoga diocese covers 10 districts with headquarters in Bugembe, the outskirts of Jinja district. However some leaders, clergy and Christians in the region agitating for a split are citing lack of accountability, inaccessibility and poor service delivery in the mother diocese.

Clergy in the archdeaconries seeking autonomy also claim that they have not been facilitated well to do pastoral work yet the Headquarter in Bugembe is too distant for swift action on some of the problems affecting them and the flock.

Dioceses are formed from two or more archdeaconries after attaining financial stability and facilities. For the dioceses to start operating, each must have a cathedral, Ugx 12m on a diocese bank account, diocesan office space and a residence for the clergy and the Bishop.

Rt. Rev. Michael Kyomya, The Bishop of Busoga Diocese says he has already endorsed the move for new dioceses to achieve infrastructural and financial independence. He says he will still have jurisdiction over Jinja Diocese comprising of Jinja, Buyende, Luuka and Kamuli districts.

Rev Canon David Kaluya Busoga diocese secretary says Iganga archdeaconry was verified after fulfilling all the requirements needed for a diocese to begin but Bugiri has not achieved their goal yet.

However, Rev. Benon Walube Busoga diocese Estates manager says most of the property like land and estates have been leased or rented to increase the diocese revenue and also protect them from grabbers. This has also happened on 27.8 acres in Bugembe that were leased out to the dissatisfaction of some religious leaders in the diocese.

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The Province of the church of Uganda now boasts of twenty-seven dioceses. The creation of two more dioceses will raise the number to 29.