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.
News of Fr. Mubiru’s return triggered excitement during the ordination ceremony in Mukongoro Parish, Kumi District and later spread to social media where a section of Christians expressed gratitude to Bishop Joseph Oliach Echiru for considering Fr. Mubiru.
But no wedding has taken place in Soroti Since the pronouncement four months ago. Rev. Naphtali Opwata, the Provost at St. Peter’s Church of Uganda in Soroti Diocese says all the planned weddings were immediately postponed by couples, many of them believing that scientific weddings contradicted the social norms in the region.
David Ongom Mudong, the East Kyoga Region Police Spokesman, says Okello has been masquerading as a pastor with powers to treat and solve every problem. According to Ongom, the suspect has been extorting money from unsuspecting Christians by selling them “holy water” at Shillings 600,000 per bottle.
While releasing the names of the new cabinet at Soroti District Council Hall on Saturday, Emorimor called for peace and reconciliation in Teso land. He observed that there were conflicts brewing from Iteso Cultural Union- ICU leadership, something he notes, needs selflessness. He urged the Iteso to unite for the development of the land.
Bishop Obaikol asked Christians to desist from interfering in church matters. He also appealed for calm in the transitional process of the diocese, urging Christians to pray instead of fronting violence.
In his letter to Kumi Diocesan Chancellor, Emmanuel Ilukor, the Archbishop, Stanley Ntagali notes that Rev. Okunya was disqualified because of his age. In the February 5th, 2020 letter, the Archbishop noted that the House of Bishops reviewed five documents to establish Rev. Okunya’s actual age after receiving petitions from concerned Christians in Kumi.
In his sermon at the requiem mass for the fallen ex-minister in Obote’s government at St. Peter’s Cathedral on Friday, Rev. Odongo noted that while people are suffering in the hospital without drugs, government is equipped with machinery to brutalise members of the opposition.
Hamada Kamwada, the chief petitioner, says despite writing to the Mufti about the issue of the Kadhi, they haven’t received any feedback. He explains that the term of the interim committee that was appointed when the Kadhi was suspended expired long ago.
In his sermon at St. Peter’s Cathedral Church of Uganda on Sunday, Rt. Rev. Bishop Kosea Odongo, said the church will not tolerate indecent dressing and artificial extensions like buttocks, hair, eye brows and nails among others.