Bishop Akanjuna Urges Christians to Seize Opportunities for Community Development

RUKIGA –The Bishop of the Diocese of Kigezi, Rt. Rev. Gaddie Akanjuna, has asked Christians to work towards the development of the church and their respective communities.

He made these remarks on Sunday, July 7th, 2024, while officiating at the renaming ceremony of St. Peter’s Bwirambere Church of Uganda (COU) Parish in Kyogo Parish, Kamwezi Sub-County, Rukiga District.

Bishop Akanjuna emphasized the importance of using one’s talent and opportunities to foster communal growth and development. He noted that every gifting and provision should be used for the benefit and expansion of God’s kingdom.

The prelate reminded Christians of the inevitability of gratitude to God for His blessings upon them.

Preaching during the service, Kigezi Diocesan Secretary Rev. Can. Milton Nkurunungi urged Christians to lead lives worthy of their calling, according to the standards set by Christ, and not worldly patterns and pressures.

The latter, he said, would be detrimental to the destiny of their souls.

Bishop Akanjuna Urges Confirmants to Defend Church Rights

KABALE –The Bishop of the Diocese of Kigezi, Rt. Rev. Gaddie Akanjuna, has challenged Christians to use confirmation as a foundation to earnestly contend for the faith.

He made the call on Tuesday the 25th of June , 2024 as he confirmed 91 Christians into the Anglican faith in a service that doubled as the naming of St. Stephen’s Mwisi COU Parish in Kitumba Sub-County of Kabale district

Bishop Akanjuna emphasized that confirmation is not a final mark, but rather a pivotal point for transition from the past worldly to a Holy Spirit-filled life. He thus asked the newly confirmed Christians to use the same as a stepping stone to stand for and to uphold righteousness and the Church’s doctrine, interests and values.

The prelate challenged the faithful to emulate the dedication and faith of the first Christian martyr and one of the first seven deacons of the Apostolic Church – Stephen, emphasizing the inevitability and importance of building a strong bond with the Lord Jesus Christ, just as the revered disciple did.

He noted that Stephan’s unwavering faith and trust in God’s guidance are the qualities that modern-day Christians should strive to emulate.

Bishop Akanjuna also asked the congregants of the newly named church to trust God’s plan and purpose for their lives, as they reflect on their salvation journey.

NiCA foundation Brings Joy To Buhumba Primary School With Scholastic materials and water tanks Donations

KABALE –The Kabale District Education Officer, Moses Tumwesigye Bwengye, today commissioned two water tanks donated by the NiCA Foundation to help pupils in accessing clean water at Buhumba Primary School in Kitumba Sub County.

The two water tanks each with a capacity of 10,000 litres were constructed by NiCA as a donation with support from the Netherlands friends, and scholastic materials all worth over 42 million shillings which included exercise books, mathematical sets, pens and pencils for the pupils at the school.

While officiating at the event, Bwengye appreciated the donors on behalf of the district and encouraged the pupils to prioritize their education amidst the rise in the rate of school dropouts in the region.He noted that many children in the district are forced to abandon their education due to various reasons, including poverty, lack of resources, and early marriage.

Meanwhile, Yvonne Verhagen, the founder and the chairperson of NiCA foundation emphasized the importance of completing primary school education as the foundation of one`s future success.She noted that the donation made to the school will motivate pupils and help them to set goals that shall unlock their potential in future.

The head teacher of Buhumba Primary School Jackson Kyomukama expressed his heartfelt appreciation to the NiCA Foundation for their support stating that it’s a timely intervention. He also highlighted that the facility is a significant boost to the school, which has been facing challenges in accessing clean water and educational resources, and believes it will improve the learning environment and enhance the quality of education at the school.

Buhumba Primary School which was established in 1981 is a Church of Uganda founded school aided by under the supervision of the Diocese of Kigezi.

KABALE -Diocese Of Kigezi Gears Up Preparations For The Annual Brethren conference Slated For Tomorrow 11th January 2024

KIGEZI –Preparations are in high gear for the 2024 Kigezi Diocesan Brethren Annual Conference.

According to the Kigezi Diocesan Secretary, Rev. Can. Milton Nkurunungi, the conference is to set rolling tomorrow afternoon at the Convention Site at Rugarama Hill in Northern Division of Kabale Municipality.

Rev. Can. Nkurunungi told our reporter today afternoon that preparations for the conference are in their final stage, noting that the organizers are ready to welcome Christians travelling from across the diocese and different parts of Uganda to attend the conference. He noted that registration of participants will kick-start at 8 am at Kigezi High School. He further revealed that congregants will receive a range of well-packaged sermons from different preachers, which will transform their lives spiritually and morally.

//CUE IN: ……………………………REV CAN NKURUNUNGI ON THE CONFERENCE RR/ENG…………………//

Rev. Benon Agaba, the head of planning and development in the Bishop’s office, who is also overseeing the preparation of the annual conference, said they expect over 7,000 devotees that will attend the four-day conference, with residence prepared for about 2,500 of these. He also stated that security has been tightened, noting that negative elements will be apprehended by security operatives.

The conference, running under the theme “Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” derived from Romans 12:2 will end on Sunday, January 14, 2024. 

Tragic Road Crash Claims Life of German Tourist in Kabale District

KABALE –A German national has today perished in a road crash while two others were seriously injured in Kabalaga hill in Kyanamira Sub-County of Kabale district along the Kabale-Mbarara highway.

The deceased is Dr Wendsche Ralf Steffen, 58, a German tourist while the injured are 48-year-old female German tourist Silk Venus and Morgan Nyombi, 60, a resident of Murungu in Munyonyo, Kampala, a driver attached to Kibo Slopes Uganda Limited.

ASP Elly Maate, the Kigezi Regional Police spokesman, told our reporter today afternoon that the accident happened in the morning at around 9 am when a green Toyota Land Cruiser Registration Number UAX 567C in which the tourists were travelling from Bwindi to Kampala, collided head-on with a speeding Fuso lorry (UBH 009B).

The lorry which was coming from the opposite direction tried to overtake another vehicle and, in the process, collided with the tourist vehicle killing one tourist on the spot and injuring another plus their driver.

Maate attributed the accident to reckless driving by the lorry driver, adding that the injured were rushed to Kabale Regional Referral Hospital for treatment while the body of the deceased has been conveyed to the same facility’s mortuary for postmortem.

KABALE:Bishop Akanjuna Warns Against Rising Alcoholism and its Impact on Society”

KABALE –The Bishop of the Diocese of Kigezi, Rt Rev Gaddie Akanjuna has warned Christians against indulging themselves in alcoholism and immorality.

While delivering his Christmas and New year’s message yesterday in his office at Rugarama hill, Northern division Kabale municipality, bishop Akanjuna high lightened that alcoholism is on the rise in the community which has led to the rise of immorality, like family break ups and poverty, among others.

Bishop Akanjuna encouraged Christians to stop alcoholism noting that resultant addiction hinders development, and called them to engage themselves in income generating activities to bolster their family development. He also called upon family members to cooperate and work in unity, especially to handle land fragmentation, stressing that men have left women to do all the work.

Bishop Akanjuna urged parents to use this festive season as a way to talk to the family members as a way to bring the family together reminding them of the loss of a boy child in the involvement in the community activities urging them to support and help them study for the brighter future.

CUE IN; BISHOP AKANJUNA ON ALCOHOL…RR

 Bishop Akanjuna also condemned terror attacks citing the recent attack by suspected ADF rebels in Kamwenge and advised Christians most especially those on border posts to be vigilant, steady fast and be alert and since during festive season people with negative motives tend to use it to harm innocent citizens.

Thousands of residents have abandoned their homes in Kamwenge out of fear of fresh ADF attacks

KAMWENGE -In the wake of the Islamist terror attack on Kitehurizi Village in Kamwenge District, residents in the affected area and nearby regions have swiftly evacuated. The attack, carried out by suspected militants of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), resulted in the brutal murder of 10 individuals.

Faced with the alarming situation, the local population is gripped by mass panic and fear reminiscent of the late 1990s and early 2000s when ADF terrorism was prevalent in the Rwenzori sub-region, making entire villages nearly uninhabitable.

More than 500 people from Omukamwenda, Kyabandara, Fasha, and Nyabutusi villages, situated near Kitehurizi, quickly left the area starting Tuesday morning through the following day. Some briefly returned to their homes early yesterday but were adamant about not spending the night in Kitehurizi. The village, bordering the large and heavily forested Kibaale National Park, is primarily inhabited by farmers who have now abandoned their fields due to the attack.

Enock Tukamushaba, the village chairman, disclosed that the entire village was devoid of human life on Tuesday night, as terrified residents sought refuge elsewhere, with some families renting rooms in the relatively safer Kamwenge Town. Uncertainty lingers about the situation, leading people to avoid the village, returning only during the daytime to tend to their gardens.

In Kitehurizi Trading Centre, where four individuals perished inside a bar during the attack, most small shops and residential houses remained closed. Residents, such as 72-year-old Eufarazia Nyamishana, joined the mass exodus, expressing fear of potential return attacks. Ms. Nyamishana, along with eight children, mentioned that they were relocating to neighboring Kitagwenda District.

Despite the widespread evacuation, a small number of residents returned briefly for the burial of parish councillor Night Margarete Banyazaki, one of the victims. The funeral vigil, attended by a limited number and protected by the military, took place, and the deceased councillor was laid to rest.

Acknowledging the difficult choices facing locals, Kamwenge Resident District Commissioner Isiah Byarugaba Kanyamahane mentioned ongoing efforts to encourage the residents’ return. Local security watches received praise, with Mr. Kanyamahane warning of potential opportunities for criminals in the absence of residents. The military presence has been increased, and soldiers are conducting sweeps in the national park to apprehend the assailants.

For Christmas, churches are advised to conduct thorough checks on individuals entering places of worship. Mr. Byaruhanga disclosed that seven out of the 10 victims’ bodies have been released to their families for burial, while the others remain at Rukunyu Hospital, awaiting relatives to claim them.

Man Creates Stir at Immigration Office: Brings Brother Cobra in Bag

KAMPALA, (UG)-Tension ensued on Monday of the 18th December,2023 after it was revealed that a smartly dressed man recently showed up at the immigration offices in Kampala with a snake in his bag.

According to Simon Peter Mundeyi, the spokesperson of the Internal Affairs ministry, the strange man, upon being questioned on his intention, said the dangerous reptile (a black cobra) is his “brother” and that he moves around with it wherever he goes.

Speaking during a press briefing in Naguru, Kampala yesterday, Mundeyi said they have overtime intercepted people carrying all types of strange items, adding that the security personnel handled the recent matter well. He however wondered how a sane Ugandan seeking services of passports at the ministry behaved himself such.

Mundeyi also cautioned the general public not to carry huge bags any other thing that may be seen as a security threat to immigration, citing limited space.

There have been reports of some communities in the country living in harmony with reptiles and other pets.

Night Raid Horror: 10 Lives Lost in Kamwenge District ADF Attack

KAMWENGE, WESTERN (UG)-At least 10 people were today morning killed following deadly attack by unknown assailants in Kamwenge district.

Police said the attack happened at around 2 am at Kyitehurizi Trading Center in Kyabandara Parish of Kamwenge Sub County located near Kibale National Park. 

Four bodies of the victims were burnt in the structure that housed a shop, a bar and a hotel, while six other victims were found guarding a maize farm and hacked to death by the assailants suspected to be Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) militants, who were armed with SMG rifles, according to authorities.

Vicent Twesige, the Rwenzori West Regional Police spokesperson, has identified some of the victims as Margaret Banyenzaki, 60, and 25-year-old Tugume. Identities of the other eight victims were yet to be established by press time. Twesige added that the assailants also set ablaze a motorcycle Registration Number UFC 851T, and reportedly headed towards Kibale National Park after the attack.

Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) spokesperson, Brig. Gen. Felix Kulayigye, confirmed that an operation is underway to apprehend the assailants, and appealed to the locals to be vigilant, adding that security has been heightened in Kamwenge following the night raid.

The IS-affiliated Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels are accused of having massacred thousands of civilians in DR Congo in recent years and of carrying out jihadist attacks on Ugandan soil.

Church Leaders Urged to Embrace Spiritual Service, Not Material Gain

KAMPALA ,(UG)-The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, His Grace Dr. Samuel Steven Kaziimba Mugalu, has condemned the pursuit of leadership positions in the church with the intention of acquiring material wealth.

He made the remarks today while delivering his Christmas message to Ugandans from his residence in Namirembe, in the capital Kampala.

Archbishop Kaziimba emphasized that Christians should avoid mirroring the mindset of the secular world, where they believe electing a leader from their community will magically solve their problems, and clarified that church leadership is not a path to earthly gain, as some mistakenly believe, but a call to spiritual service.

Dr. Kaziimba castigated greed that has taken over hearts of many Ugandans, noting that that the same has continued to fuel corruption and criminality in the country. Quoting Philippians 2:6-7, he asked leaders to follow in the footsteps of the Lord Jesus Christ, “who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.”

The Archbishop also urged both church leaders and believers to place their trust in God, and not in human beings, for solutions to their difficulties, as they commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ and are ushered into the new year.