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.
The Retired Bishop of Soroti Diocese, Rt. Rev. Charles Ebitu
Obaikol has asked the Province to improve on communication with Christians in Kumi
His comments follow the current confusion in Kumi Diocese
which has seen many Christians take to the streets over the revocation of
bishop - elect, Rev. Charles Okunya Oode.
Rev. Okunya was elected by the House of Bishops in November,
2019 but his consecration and enthronement was stayed following petitions by
individuals who called themselves concerned Christians of Kumi Diocese.
Although the petitioners smeared Rev. Okunya with allegations of extra- marital
relationship in the first petition, the House of Bishops disqualified Rev.
Okunya’s election on the basis of under- age to run the office.
To be elected bishop in any diocese within the Province of
Church of Uganda, one must be 45 years and above. Rev. Okunya’s name appeared
in the second list of nominees for the position after the House of Bishops
rejecting the first two names in August.
However, on February 5th, Rev. Okunya’s name was
blacklisted from taking part in any future contests for Kumi Bishop elections.
This has stirred the church and divided the congregation into two parties.
Now, Bishop Obaikol, who retired in 2009 has observed that
there is a communication gap in conveying the information to Christians on the
issues of Kumi bishop elections. He explained that the situation in Kumi
Diocese is regrettable because people’s hopes and the celebratory mood for the
new bishop have been affected.
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Cue out...to nominate.”//
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.
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Cue out...not be revoked.”//
Some Christians of Kumi Diocese have been protesting the
decision by the House of Bishops in revoking Rev. Okunya’s name as bishop-
elect. On Sunday, more than 30 people were arrested by the police at St.
Phillips Cathedral for attempting to close the church.
Kumi Diocese is currently under the hands of the caretaker
bishop, Rt. Rev. John Charles Odurkami.