The High Court in Jinja has blocked has blocked the board of trustees of the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Church in Uganda from declaring the new or any other person as the president of the Church’s Eastern Uganda field.
A March 12 temporary injunction signed by the deputy registrar, Jesse Byaruhanga, bars the declaration of Pr James Katunzi and or any other as president.
Pr Daniel Mate is the Uganda Union mission president of the SDA Churches, while Israel Kafeero is its executive secretary.
The trustees, together with Mate and Kafeero, were dragged to court by the Eastern Uganda Field president, Pr Frederick Ofwono, protesting his removal from office and the consequential replacement by Katunzi.
Katunzi is the pastor of Mbale central SDA Church, which is under the Eastern Uganda Field’s jurisdiction.
Ofwono was on November 23, last year removed from his seat before concluding his five-year term which ends in 2020.
Ofwono, through Kiiza and Company advocates, petitioned the court, arguing that his removal contravened the church’s policies.