As the church prepares to bury Frederick Bishop Drandua inside Ediofe Cathedral in Arua town, it has emerged that the bishop told some of the relatives while at Nsambya hospital to bury him in Ullepi, off Arua-Nebbi road. Ullepi is in Nebbi Diocese, not Arua.
Just hours before the burial of Bishop Fredrick Drandua, some family members say he wished to be buried at his ancestral home.
Drandua, the retired bishop of Arua Diocese died last week at the age of 73.
But as the church prepares to bury him inside Ediofe Cathedral in Arua town, it has emerged that the bishop told some of the relatives attending to him at Nsambya hospital to bury him in Ullepi, off Arua-Nebbi road. Ullepi is in Nebbi Diocese, not Arua.
There has been controversy for the last one week since the bishop died. While Christians wanted him buried in the cathedral, Bishop Sabino Odoki who succeeded Drandua as Ordinary of Arua Diocese had proposed Don Dino Orphanage Centre as the burial site.
Bishop Odoki argued that his predecessor lived at the orphanage centre during his retirement. Alternatively, Odoki suggested that Drandua be buried behind, not inside, the Ediofe Cathedral.
Both suggestions were rejected by the Christians who went ahead to start digging the grave inside the cathedral without authorization from the diocese.
On Tuesday, during the final preparatory meeting for the burial, family members said the bishop had told those by his bedside that he wished to be buried at Ullepi Parish. Oyemi Asedri, who speaks for the family says he and a few others were by the bishop's bedside at Nsambya Hospital when he made the pronouncement. He said in an event that there is no written will that would be the finally accepted position. He however noted that the family decided that the church doctrine must be followed in burying the late bishop.
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He said the family had already handed over the late bishop to the church at the time of priestly ordination and it would be wrong for them to claim the dead body for burial.
Anthony Ondoma, Bishop Drandua's young brother, said the late bishop might have made the statement when his mind couldn't reason properly.
Ondoma says the family respects the Catholic Church and couldn't go against its position.