While preaching during the event, Henry Luke Orombi asked the new Bishop to be a shepherd to all regardless of religious affiliations and should forgive and not curse, something Rev. Loum pledged to do.
Rev. Geoffrey Loum has finally been consecrated as the 8th
Bishop of the Diocese of Northern Uganda.
He was consecrated today from St. Phillip`s Cathedral in
Gulu City, two days after aggrieved church members withdrew the petition
seeking to stop the exercise citing irregularities.
On 19th October 2021, Tom Mboya Okecho and
Emmanuel Omwony through their lawyers Waymo Advocates filed a suit at Gulu High
Court seeking a permanent injunction on Rev. Loum`s consecration citing
irregularities and violation of the canon laws.
The plaintiffs dragged the Church of Uganda to court
alongside other defendants that included 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 Loum.
They also argued 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 imposed on the
Archbishop by the Constitution of the Province of the Church of Uganda.
Further, they wanted a court order to nullify and set aside
the appointment of Rev Loum as the Bishop-elect of the Diocese of Northern
Uganda, causing the trustees to cause the appointment of an appropriate and
legally constituted nominations committee for the selection and appointment of
They also wanted a permanent injunction issued against
defendants from declaring and consecrating or enthroning Rev Geoffrey Loum as
the Bishop of the Diocese of Northern Uganda.
This had placed the consecration and enthronement of the
Bishop at stake until the intervention of leaders from the Acholi Sub Region
led by Chief Justice Owiny Dollo, seeking the appellants to withdraw the
petition against the defendants.
Consequently, on Friday 18 November 2021, the Principle
Judge Dr. Justice Flavian Zeija issued a notice of withdrawal of suit by
consent of the parties and their respective advocates.
The notice further indicated that the Chief
Justice of Uganda shall continue with the mediation process to ensure reconciliation
of all the parties.
On Sunday, clergies led by the Archbishop of the Province of
Church of Uganda, Stephen Kazimba Mugalu oversaw the consecration of Rev.
Geoffrey Loum from the Diocese of Northern Uganda.
Among the hundreds of people in attendence were government
and religious leaders including Chief Justice Owiny Dollo, NRM Secretary General
Richard Toodwong, DP President Norbert Mao, and Henry Luke Orombi among others.
While preaching over the event, Henry Luke Orombi asked
the new Bishop to be a shepherd to all regardless of religious affiliations and
should forgive and not curse, something Rev. Loum pledged to do.
//Cue out: ‘’our beloved and…
Cue out: …the Holy spirit.’’//
The Diocese of Northern Uganda Bishop Emeritus, Johnson
Gakumba who was succeeded by the Rev. Bishop Geoffrey Loum pledged to support
his successor. Rev. Loum was elected by the House of Bishops that sat at
Lweza Training and Conference Centre in Entebbe on August 12.
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