The Bishop of Kitgum has brought a legal action against his primate, the Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali, accusing him of using unlawful means to remove him from office
The Bishop of Kitgum in the Church of Uganda has brought a legal action against his primate, the Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali, Archbishop of Kampala, (pictured) accusing him of using unlawful means to remove him from office. Last week three clergy and a lay member of the northern Ugandan diocese asked the Kampala high court leave to file a complaint against the Trustees of the Church of Uganda, the House of Bishops and Archbishop Ntagali on behalf of the Rt. Rev. Benjamin Ojwang. In August the 22nd session of the Church of Uganda General Synod passed a resolution asking Bishop Ojwang to step down by 14 Dec 2014, three years before his mandatory retirement in 2017. In December Bishop Ojwant threatened to file suit against the church, if it did not rescind the call for his resignation. After his December letter, a church spokesman said the matter would be discussed at the January meeting of the House of Bishops. Sources report the bishops reaffirmed their call for Bishop Ojwang to resign and proposed appointing the former Bishop of Northern Uganda, the Rt. Rev. Benoni Ogwal-Abwang as interim bishop. The dispute does not center over matters of doctrine or discipline, the source, which cannot be named as they were not authorized by the church to speak on its behalf, said, but concerned the bishop’s management style and personal interactions with his clergy and laity.