The House of Bishops has nullified the election of Rev Canon Godfrey Kasana as the 4th Bishop of Luwero Diocese in Uganda.
The nullification took place during their meeting on June 28, 2023, at Kabalega Resort Hotel in Hoima city.
A statement released by the Provincial Secretary of the Church of Uganda, Rev Canon William Ongeng, says the the extraordinary decision was taken because credible information was received that the Bishop-elect’s integrity was misrepresented during the nomination and election process, which invalidated the election.
“We regret the immediate impact this decision will have on Luwero Diocese as well as on the Bishop-elect and his family. We continue to pray for both, and assure you that the resolution of this matter is our highest priority.” The statement reads.
The House of Bishops has ordered fresh nominations from the Diocesan Nominations Committee within a period of one month, ending July 31, 2023.
The Rt Rev Eridard Nsubuga, current Bishop of Luwero, will abdicate on Sunday, July 9, 2023, upon reaching the mandatory retirement age of 65. He will hand over ecclesiastical authority to the Archbishop, per the Constitution and Canons of the Church of Uganda.
The House of Bishops will receive fresh nominations for the next Bishop of Luwero and elect on August 1, 2023.
The consecration and enthronement of the 4th Bishop of Luwero will be Sunday, August 6, 2023, at St. Mark’s Cathedral, Luwero.
“In the meantime, we urge Christians and church leaders to remain calm, pray for Luwero Diocese and all affected parties, and heed Psalm 46:10 – “Be still and know that I am God.””