KAMPALA – Embattled retired Archbishop Emeritus Stanley Ntagali has been served with an intention to add him in a case, where Ms Judith Tukamuhabwa filed for divorce from his husband Rev. Christopher Tugumehabwe.
According to Tugumehabwe’s lead counsel –Erasmus Nabimanya of Bikangiso and Co. Advocates, the Most Reverend Ntagali has up to 14 days to comply to demands that includes payment of Ugx500m in general damages in addition to Ugx30 as injured costs; or risks being dragged to court as a co-respondent.
“Should you fail to comply with the above demands made therein within a period of 14 days from the date of receipt of this notice, we have been given ‘a green light’ by our client to drag you to court at your own cost, detriment, further embarrassment and peril,” warned Nabimanya, in a notice to Rev. Ntagali, dated April 26.
The notice to drag embattled Rev. Ntagali to court is copied to the Anglican Church boss – the Most Rev. Dr Stephen Kaziimba Mugalu as well as Tuhamuhabwe’s lawyers – Tumwebaze Advocates and Solicitors.
Tukamuhabwa ran to court in December, 2020 seeking to divorce his husband, Rev Tugumehabwe with whom she had exchanged matrimonial vows, two years, back. She cited ‘cruelty’ by her husband as the main reason she wanted a formal separation order, according to available details, filed in court.
However, before case could be heard. the country woke up to devastating news, indicating how the Archbishop Emeritus Stanley Ntagali was chewing Tukamuhabwa – to an extent that the two cheating partners’ affair had resulted into the creation of another of human being.
And, only last week, during a thanksgiving service organised by the Church of Uganda to mark 60 years of self-governance at St Paul’s Cathedral, Namirembe, Archbishop Ntagala, was remorseful – apologizing for his action, and seeking for forgiveness from Rev. Tugumehabwe’s family and his wife – the woman with whom he had been having an affair.
“In the spirit of the East African revival, of which I am a product, I have a confession. On Christmas Eve, 1974, as a young man, I gave my life to the Lord Jesus Christ and I still love the Lord because he has loved me and I have loved to serve him over the years,” said Ntagali before adding: “Sadly, I fell into sin of adultery. I confessed to the Lord to forgive me and I want the church to forgive me, my brother bishops, all our partners, brothers and sisters in the vineyard of the Lord, the entire Church of Uganda….”
But Archbishop Ntagali’s public apology seem to have acted as a springboard in Rev. Tugumehabwe’s plans of retribution as per the letter from his lawyers (attached.)
The letter to Archbishop Ntagali in summary;
• On December 20, 2020 – our client’s wife petitioned for divorce before the Kabale Chief Magistrate’s court on grounds of cruelty.
• It has come to our client’s knowledge that you were committing adultery with our client’s wife and that she currently bears your own child who was born in their marriage.
• It has also come to our client’s knowledge that you encouraged, advised, and also ensured that our client’s wife petitions for a divorce.
• We have also recently learn’t from the various media platforms the fact that, you admitted to having committed the offence of adultery with our client’s wife. In addition, we have video and audio evidence in proof to the same.
• Your unbecoming, sinful, an unlawful conduct have occasioned our client general damages to wit – loss of dignity, marriage break down, stress, trauma, embarrassment, loss of privacy, loss of his job a lecturer at Bishop Birham University College and minimal chances to rise in the clergy ranks.
Wherefore, we hereby make the following demands;
a- Pay a sum of Ugx500,000,000 as damages occasioned to our client.
b- Pay a sum of Ugx30,000, 000 as costs incurred so far in Divorce Cause No. 5/2020 by and to our client.
c- Formally apologise in personam to our client. (See Mathew; 5:23-24).
We were unable to get an independent comment from the Archbishop’s side but pledge to do so, anytime. And it still remains unclear how the embattled prelate would react but topmost authorities at the Anglican Church are likely to intervene and own the matter for the good of all concerned parties.