A cross-section of religious leaders drawn from Uganda and Kenya are leading the new drive which will start with an interdenominational prayer breakfast slated for August 20, 2022. This is informed by the sharp divisions that marred the succession processes of the former Emorimor, Augustine Osuban Lemukol who died in February 2022.
Bishop Tukei was found found guilty of theft of Church property including land title. He had first been acquitted by the Grade One Magistrate, Emmanuel Pirimba but the church appealed the decision. The High Court overturned the ruling after agreeing with all the grounds proving theft raised by the church.
“The responded is hereby found guilty of the offense of theft c/s 254 (1), (b) and 271 (b), (c) of the Penal Code Act Cap 120 and convicted accordingly. The acquittal of the respondent by the lower court is hereby set aside and is replaced by a conviction on the offense of theft”, the High Court ruling reads in part.
The three Nekemiah Akongel, Rev. James Opedun and Joseph Etoori, through their lawyer, Mwebesa and Co. Advocates said that the synod was irregularly and illegally constituted during the election of Rev. Okwii.
Through their lawyers of Mwebesa & Co. Advocates, the group has sued The Most Rev. Samuel Stephen Kazimba Mugalu, the Archbishop of the Province of the Church of Uganda for the alleged irregularities in the election of Rev. Okwii.
Rev. Okwii says that he will try his best to bring the people of Kumi diocese together and promote peaceful co-existence amongst Christians. "I am not going to join any camp existing in Kumi and I will not promote hostilities in the diocese. For me I do not belong to any camp in Kumi my approach is dialogue and resolving issues amicably," Okwi said.
“Church of Uganda Soroti Diocese led by the Rt. Rev. Koseas Odongo, resolved that the slight misunderstanding which had developed between Hon. Musa Ecweru and the clergy of Wera Parish has been resolved amicably and in the spirit of Faith and forgiveness and of which matter had been blown out of proportion”, the statement which has only two paragraphs reads in part.
It is attended by the retired Bishops of Soroti and Bukedi Dioceses, Rt. Rev. Charles Bernard Ebitu Obaikol, Rt. Rev. Nicodemus Okile Engwalas, priests and other religious leaders in Soroti. Also in attendance is the Resident City Commissioner, Robert Adiama who also Ecweru’s young brother.
Now, Pastor Robert Echeru, the chairperson of Soroti Pastors and Elders Fellowship says that the attack on church workers by the minister was wrong, ungodly and depicted a lack of respect for the almighty and his servants.
On Monday evening, the Provincial Secretary, Rev. Can. Capt. William Ongeng also issued a statement against the minister for his alleged attack on the clergymen. He said that even if the minister had legitimate issues against the church, he should have used legitimate means to resolve them.
It is alleged that the Honourable Ecweru violently attacked the three clergymen on Saturday afternoon and with assistance of his bodyguard identified as Juma Odiope, wounded the Reverend Simon Peter Olato, the Parish Priest of Wera Church of Uganda and his two lay readers; Benjamin Otasono and Simon Peter Eriku of Aten and St. John churches respectively.
On November 7th, 2019, the House of Bishops announced Rev. Charles Okunya Oode bishop-elect for Kumi Diocese. However, Rev. Okunya’s election was overturned by the House of Bishops on February 5th, 2020. The then Archbishop of Church of Uganda, Stanley Ntangali appointed retired bishop of Lango Diocese, Rt. Rev. Charles Odurkami as the caretaker of the Diocese.
"Following the pending process and activities in the Diocese, this is to request you to continue as caretaker Bishop of Kumi Diocese until a substantive Bishop is elected and consecrated." the letter reads in part.
While delivering his New Year message at St. Peter’s Cathedral, Bishop Odongo said that it is a shame to live in a country which prioritizes procurement of tear gas yet there are no drugs in health facilities.
Abdallah Kaluma, the project country director says that the funders are also promising to introduce primary, secondary and vocational learning institutions at Campswahili if the first project succeeds.
Mpungu reveals that preliminary information indicates that some of the attackers were dropped by a taxi while others arrived on Boda bodas. He says they have transferred the suspect’s file from Ngora to the regional police headquarters due to public interest in the matter.