KINKIIZI – The Bishop of Kinkiizi diocese, Rt Rev Dan Zoreka, has revealed that he is lucky to be alive following reports that he survived a poisoning plot early this year.
While preaching on Christmas Day at St Peters Cathedral, Nyakatare, and Bishop Zoreka said it was by Grace of God that he was still alive because people who are scrambling for his office wanted to kill him.
“Jesus Christ is a savior and Christians need the right of Jesus, as most Christians are covered with darkness,” he said.
Bishop Zoreka has come under fire from a section of Christians who accuse him of corruption and mismanaging church affairs.
But in his Christmas Day homily, Zoreka said that nothing is bad like being a Bishop, saying Christians are difficult to understand.
The Bishop said that he survived poisoning by a group of people from his diocese.
He also scoffed at those who claim that he has mismanaged church funds, saying that he has worked for what he has.
In November, a group of Christians petitioned outgoing Church of Uganda Archbishop Stanley Ntagali, calling for the defrocking of Bishop Dan Zoreka whom they accuse of, among others, running down the diocese through alleged embezzlement of church funds, favoritism, adultery and lack of requisite academic qualifications.
In two separate petitions dated November 28, 2019, and December 2, 2019, the Christians through John Bindeba from Rugyeyo Archdeaconry say Bishop Dan Zoreka, who was enthroned in 2010, has destroyed the church’s image in the diocese through mismanaging of church funds, lack of accountability and stifling development.
“I have information that the Clergy have spent 5.6 months without being paid their salaries and the Clergy used to be paid from their respective parishes and their salaries were regularly paid. However the Bishop, the Diocesan Secretary, and the Treasurer came up with a policy that all money collected should be taken to the treasurer and when they go to the said Treasurer, they are abused and harassed,” the petition reads in part.
Bishop Zoreka is close to Amama Mbabazi and during the 2016 elections, he vehemently defended the former Prime Minister’s decision to stand against President Museveni. The Christians’ petition to the Archbishop is also copied to Mbabazi.