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Consecration of Bishop Elect Geoffrey Loum Hangs in Balance

Tom Mboya Okecho and Emmanuel Omwony, on 19 October 2021, through their lawyers Waymo Advocates filed a suit at Gulu High Court seeking a permanent injunction on the consecration of Rev Loum.
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Two members of the laity of the Diocese of Northern Uganda have dragged the Church of Uganda to court for breach of the Canon Laws while conducting the election of Rev. Geoffrey Loum.

Rev Loum was elected by the House of Bishops sitting Lweza Training and Conference Centre in Entebbe on August 12 as the 8th Bishop Diocese of Northern Uganda. His consecration has been slated to take place on November 21 2021 at St. Philip's Cathedral in Gulu.

Rev Loum would be succeeding Rev Johnson Gakumba, who has been Bishop of the Diocese of Northern Uganda since 2009 but sought early retirement at the age of 62.

Tom Mboya Okecho and Emmanuel Omwony, on 19 October 2021, through their lawyers Waymo Advocates filed a suit at Gulu High Court seeking a permanent injunction on the consecration of Rev Loum.

Other defendants summoned in the suit include the Registered Trustees of the Diocese of Northern Uganda, Registered Trustees of the Church of Uganda, Archbishop Rev. Dr Samuel Stephen Kaziimba Mugalu, Francis Gimara and Rev Geoffrey Loum.

The two claim Rev. Loum's selection for appointment as a Bishop was grossly irregular as it was conducted in violation of the Provincial canons. They also claim the Bishop’s nomination committee chaired by Francis Gimara was illegal and unconstitutional.

They also argue that the failure by the Registered Trustees of the Province of Church of Uganda and the Archbishop to cancel and nullify the illegal appointment of Rev Loum as the Bishop of Northern Uganda Diocese amounts to a breach of duty and failure to perform functions of imposed on the Archbishop by the Constitution of the Province of the Church of Uganda.

They want a court order to nullify and set aside the appointment of Rev Loum as the Bishop-elect of the Diocese of Northern Uganda.  They also want an order to cause the trustees to cause the appointment of appropriate and legally constituted nominations committee for the selection and appointment of the Bishop.

They also want a permanent injunction issued against defendants from declaring and consecrating or enthroning Rev Geoffrey Loum as the Bishop of the Diocese of Northern Uganda, and any punitive and aggravated damages arising out of the defendants’ acts slapped with costs.

Gulu High Court has given the defendants 14 days to file a Defense.

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