Court Summons Bishop Kibuuka, Again
Buganda Road Court has issued criminal summons against newly consecrated Evangelical Orthodox Bishop Jacinto Kibuuka.
The summons against Bishop Kibuuka are the second of their kind.
Bishop Kibuuka did not honour the first summons.
Court had ordered Kibuuka to come for appear and answer charges of actions that the mainstream Catholic Church in Uganda deems injurious.
BISHOP KIBUUKA’S RESPONSE
Kibuuka’s lawyers, Anthony Wameeli and Emmanuel Muwonge, told Grade One Magistrate Charles Yeteise that their client had received the summons late.
The lawyers informed court the bishop had received the summons Tuesday afternoon, to appear in court Wednesday morning.
Yeteise then issued fresh summons against Kibuuka.
The controversial cleric will now appear in court on December 10, 2017 to take plea.
Last week, Kalungu East MP Joseph Ssewungu and Jude Mbabali of Uganda Catholic Society filed a complaint against Kibuuka.
Ssewungu and Mbabali accused Bishop Kibuuka of reportedly making debasing statements against Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga of Kampala Archdioces and Archishop John Baptist Odama of Gulu Archdiocese.
Kibuuka reportedly referred to Lwanga and Odama as ‘bayaaye’ (Luganda for crooks”.
In 2016, Kibuuka expelled himself from the Catholic Church.
The complainants claim Kibuuka made the statements on Beat FM.
The implication of the statements, Ssewungu and Mbabali say, was injury for believers under Lwanga and Odama.
They also want court to direct Kibuuka to stop wearing vestments (cassocks).
They also want the Orthodox cleric to cease celebrating mass at his Mamre International Prayer centre in Namugongo following the same procedure in the Catholic Church.