Canon Accuses Kigezi Diocese of Denying Him Pension

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His lawyer, Kenneth Mutungi of M/S Twikirize and Company Advocates, says that he wrote a demand notice to the diocese on June 30th, 2017 but they havent received a response from the Kigezi diocesan Secretary.

The Kigezi Anglican diocese is under the spotlight for alleged failure to pay Reverend Canon Richard Katarahweire his retirement pension.

In October 2016, Katarahweire dragged the Kigezi Anglican diocese to Kabale District Labor office for denying him his pension contrary to Section 12(2) of the Employment Act, 2006 .

Through his lawyer, M/S Twikirize and Company Advocates Katarahweire claims that he served the diocese as a clergyman from 1982 to 2011 before the diocese permitted him to serve in South Ankole Diocese.  Katarahweire served in South Ankole Diocese from 2011 to 2015.
 
Katarahweire claims that by the time he left Kigezi Diocese to serve in South Ankole he had attained 55 years and was eligible for pension in accordance with Article 13(15) (d) of the Diocesan Constitution 1967, as mended in 1997. 

He however, says that he was later told that the Diocesan Council, which convened on July 29th, 2011, had resolved not to give him pension, saying he didn't qualify. As a result, Katarahweire petitioned Kabale Labor office, which ruled in his favor and ordered Kigezi diocese to pay him Shillings 25.2 million. 

According to Katarikawe, although he served the diocese with the copy of the judgment it has failed to pay him. His lawyer, Kenneth Mutungi of M/S Twikirize and Company Advocates, says that he wrote a demand notice to the diocese on June 30th, 2017 but they haven't received a response from the Kigezi diocesan Secretary.
 
  
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Reverend Canon Obed Turihohabwe, the Kigezi Diocesan Secretary, says he hasn't received the demand notice, adding that his office isn't even aware of the matter between the diocese and Katarahweire.


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Samuel Amanya
Samuel Amanya is the Kigezi Region URN bureau chief. Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu and Rukungiri districts fall under his docket. Samuel Amanya has been a Uganda Radio Network reporter since August 2016. Before becoming a URN staff reporter, Amanya had written for the network for several years as a freelancer.


Amanya was also a Voice of Kigezi reporter from 2011 to 2016.


A journalism graduate from African College of Commerce Kabale, Amanya values his independence. Amanya says URN is a home for his talent because it lets him explore his journalistic interests without limits.

Amanya is fascinated by the crime beat and some of his best stories have come out of that interest. Amanya says he aims to be all round beat reporter.