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Rev. Tibaijuka Announced Bishop of The New West Rwenzori Diocese

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Bishop elect Rev. Canon Barnabas Tibaijuka

The House of Bishops sitting in Kisoro district has today elected Rev. Canon Barnabas Tibaijuka as the first Bishop of the newly created West Rwenzori Diocese.

This was revealed by The Most Rev. Dr. Stephen Kazimba Mugalu the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda via his official twitter account @Archbp_COU.

In the statement, Archbishop Kazimba stated that the newly elected bishop will be consecrated and enthroned on 27th August, 2023 in Bundibugyo district.

About Rev. Canon Barnabas Tibaijuka

The bishop elect was born on 8th May 1975 in Butungama, Bundibugyo District. He started his church ministry as a Catechist and was ordained a deacon in 2010 and a priest a year later.

Academically, the cleric holds a Master’s degree from Mountains of the Moon University and a Bachelors Degree of Divinity from the Uganda Christian University (UCU) Mukono in 2011.

Rev. Tibaijuka has been serving as a member of the Diocesan Synod and Vice Chairperson for the House of Clergy in the Ruwenzori diocese. He also served as the Diocesan Youth Worker in the Diocese of Ruwenzori and as the Vicar in a number of parishes.

He has also known for contributing to the translating of the Holy Bible into Lubwisi Language.

The clergy man is married to Alice Mbambu Tibaijuka and together they have raised two girls.

The proposed West Rwenzori diocese will be curved from the Ruwenzori diocese in Bundibugyo and the new diocese is composed of Three Archdeaconries, 21 parishes and 163 churches and about 165,000 Christians.

Meanwhile, the selection process for the newly created Diocese also had challenges, where a section of Anglicans cited bias, tribalism and influence peddling.

On March 1, Ruwenzori Diocese nominated two priests and forwarded their names to the House of Bishops and on March 15, more than 100 members of the Bakonzo Anglican community in Bundibugyo petitioned the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda accusing the Obudingiya Bwa Bwamba cultural institution of interfering in the issues of the proposed diocese.

To reconcile the two tribes, the bishop of the mother diocese (Ruwenzori Diocese) Rt. Rev. Reuben Kisembo called for a mediation meeting between the two tribes. The meeting held on Thursday last week resulted in reconciliation, with both groups pledging to work together going forward. They also agreed to accept whoever will be elected as bishop of the new diocese.

Relatedly, the House of Bishops has today elected Rev Canon Godfrey Kasana as the fourth Bishop of Luweero Diocese.

Rev. Canon Captain William Ongeng, the Provincial Secretary said Monday that Rev. Can. Kasana was elected during a sitting in Kisoro and he will be consecrated and enthroned as Bishop on July 16 at St. Mark’s Cathedral, Luweero.

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