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Rev. Charles Oode Okunya Named Kumi Diocese Bishop

The nominated candidates back then included Rev. Simon Omoding, a Lecturer Uganda Christian University, Mbale and Rev. Simon Ongangu, the Kumi Diocesan Treasurer. However, the Diocese was advised to nominate new candidates for the role. He will now be consecrated on December 29, 2019, at St. Philip’s Cathedral, Ngora.
Rev. Charles Oode Okunya and his wife Christine Kedi
Rev. Charles Oode Okunya has been elected the second Bishop of Kumi Diocese to succeed Rt. Rev. Thomas Irigei, who is set to retire. Church of Uganda Canon Laws put the retirement age for prelates at 65.  

Rev. Okunya, 49, was fronted as a second alternative candidate after the House of Bishops which sat in August dropped one of the candidates that had been fronted.  

The nominated candidates back then included Rev. Simon Omoding, a Lecturer Uganda Christian University, Mbale and Rev. Simon Ongangu, the Kumi Diocesan Treasurer.  However, the Diocese was advised to nominate new candidates for the role. He will now be consecrated on December 29, 2019, at St. Philip’s Cathedral, Ngora.   

Okunya was born in Kumi to Elimelech and Ruth Oode. He holds a Master of Management from the Uganda Management Institute, and a Bachelor of Divinity from Uganda Christian University. He originally trained as a teacher and holds a Diploma in Secondary Education from the National Teachers' College.     

He was ordained a deacon in 2006 and a priest in 2007 and since then he has served in many capacities from theological education and higher education to diocesan staff and parish priest.  He worked as the Principal of Bishop Tomusange Theological College, lectured at Kumi University served as a school chaplain and teacher, worked as the Diocesan Mission Coordinator as well as a Parish Priest.