The Kumi Diocese's troubles started when the House of Bishops revoked the appointment of Rev. Okunya as the second Bishop of the Diocese in 2019. This resulted in violence, arrests and prosecution of some Christians, lay readers and priests in Bukedea, Kumi and Ngora districts.
Kumi Diocese has been under controversy over the last two years following the retirement of Bishop Thomas Edison Irigei. Although the House of Bishops had elected Rev Okunya as his replacement, the appointment was revoked after a group of Christians lodged a petition challenging his age and marital status.
Sarah Adongo, the Kumi District Inspector of Schools, says the district has not been able to recruit new teachers since the ban on recruitment was announced in 2012 except in cases of death and retirement of serving staff.