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Sacked Lira priest Reinstated to Office

Rev. Canon Jackie Milton Otto Olima, Lango diocesan Mission Coordinator who was suspended from office because of his involvement in partisan politics has been reinstated to office.
Rev. Canon Jackie Milton Otto Olima, Lango diocesan Mission Coordinator who was suspended from office because of his involvement in partisan politics has been reinstated to office.

Olima was suspended from office in December 2010 on the orders of Bishop Rev. John Charles Odur Kami of Lira diocese. He was accused of his involvement in partisan politics during the heat of the 2011 general election campaigns.

 

Olima was reinstated in a May 24th letter addressed to him by Bishop Kami that is also copied to the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda.  “We therefore would like to abandon you either in your sin of lust for wealth to Satan or in your rightness to God, whichever you chose to follow. And now declare that your suspension is lifted and you are free to serve your God.” Reads part of the letter.

 

Bishop Kami goes on to advice Olima to pray and check his sincerity in fear and respect of God and the faith that he confesses and take it as a matter between him and his creator. His reinstatement comes only a few hours to a court ruling on an injunction blocking the synod for the election of the bishop of the newly created West Lango diocese.

 

Olima, who has served the church for close to 30 years, was nominated together with Rev. Alfred Acur by the synod for the position of the bishop of the newly created West Lango diocese. Their names were submitted to the House of Bishops in Kampala but were ignored under unclear conditions forcing some Christians to seek court redress.

This morning, Olima appreciated the Bishop for taking his own independent investigations and reaching a decision to reinstate him to service. Olima said that he is ready and will always continue serving God at all levels irrespective of persistent temptations. But critics say Olima’s reinstatement is an attempt by the church leaders to cover up major issues cropping up in the courts of law.

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