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UGANDA: President Museveni Apologizes to Anglican Church over Cleric Killing

UGANDA: President Museveni Apologizes to Anglican Church over Cleric Killing

By Godfrey Olukya
VOL African Correspondent
June 26, 2020

Uganda's president Yowei Kaguta Museveni today apologized to the Anglican Church over a soldier's deadly shooting of an Anglican Church lay leader, Benon Musiimenta.

Musimenta was shot dead on Wednesday as he was carrying his sick wife on a motorcycle to hospital. An eye witness said that the soldier killed Musimenta in cold blood just as he was stopping at a road block.

The incident took place in the Western Uganda district of Kasese, in South Rwenzori Diocese, about 400 kms from the country's capital Kampala.

Musimenta was due to be ordained to the priesthood after completing his training.

Museveni's apology was conveyed to the Church by Kasese district Resident commissioner, Lt. Joe Walusimbi. He denied allegations that the killing was politically motivated.

"We are sorry about the killing. We are at fault. The soldier responsible will be handled according to the law of the country and Uganda People's Defence Force. Forgive us." Walusimbi read the president's condolence message.

Rwenzori diocese Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Jackson Nzerebende described the cleric's death as a threat to the clergy.


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