Catholic Church, Government Clash over Appointment of New St Mary’s College Kisubi H/M

By Our Reporter




The appointment of Bro. Augustine Mugabo as the new Head Teacher of St. Mary’s College Kisubi by the Ministry of Education has rubbed the Catholic Church, (the Founding Institution) the wrong way.


Mugabo was appointed SMACK Headmaster, in a letter dated 12th December, 2022 replacing Bro. David Aganyira has been exposed as a raging sodomite, who was some time back nabbed red-handed drilling the bum of a junior teacher in a school he headed.


However, in a letter dated 19th December, 2022, the Arch Bishop of Kampala, Paul Ssemogerere protested the appointment saying the appointment ignored the entire process of searching for a head teacher and the proposed candidates.


The Arch Diocese of Kampala Education office had written to the Ministry of Education in a letter dated 22nd March, 2022 suggesting that Bro. Augustine Mpanga, the substantive Deputy be appointed Headmaster.


The Arch Bishop is not happy that the Ministry sidelined the Church in the eventual appointment of the headmaster.


Additional information available to this website is that the Arch Bishop on Tuesday 20th December, 2022 stormed the school’s premises where a handover exercise was due to take place.


Apparently, the handover to Bro. Mugabo was supposed to have proceeded despite Ssemogerere’s protest letter written a day earlier.


Brother Aganyira had also invited the SMACK Board of Governors so as to hand over to Bro Mugabo.


But sources have revealed that Kampala Archbishop Paul Ssemogerere stormed the school on Tuesday to block the handover ceremony organized by Aganyira, saying as the biggest shareholders in the school, they had not been consulted.


St. Mary’s College Kisubi is a Catholic Church-founded school, founded in 1906 by the White Fathers and handed to the Brothers of Christian Instruction in 1926 to date. However, the school is also government-aided.


Sources said Kampala Archdiocese demanded that Aganyira hands over to his deputy who should in turn be the one to hand over to a Church-seconded head teacher.


Sources said concerned staff who reportedly have suffered under the “iron hand” of Aganyira or others from the Ministry of Education and Sports (MOES) could have reported to the diocese, causing the hasty action to stop the handover.


Aganyira in a brief phone interview said, “The function has been deferred.” When asked to which date he only said, “The date is not yet fixed. You will be informed.” But sources said a delegation from the Kampala diocesean education office would be returning to SMACK (Wednesday) to witness a handover to the Deputy.


When contacted, the Minister of State for Higher Education Dr. John Chrysostom Muyingo, said he “thought it was a small matter that should not be blown out of proportion.”


“What I can say is that I have seen a correspondence by the PS to Maama (Education and Sports Minister, also first lady Janet Kataha Museveni). I am sure Maama will solve it as she has done with other issues. But it is a small matter,” Minister Muyingo said.


Attempts to get a comment from Kampala Archdiocesan Education Secretary Dr. Steven Bonaventure Maloba or the diocesean deputy communications secretary Fr. Nicholas Mulumba were futile. Aganyira was reportedly supposed to retire last year but pleaded his age had been misrepresented by one year, thereby getting another year of service ending in 2022. Aganyira served at St. Edwards’ SS – Bukuumi, St. Henry College Kitovu, Bishop Comboni College, and St. Charles Lwanga Kasasa before his posting to SMACK in 2014.

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