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Bishop Okunya Finally Hands Over Education Office to Kumi Diocese

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.
Bishop Okunya looks through some of the documents in his former office before handing over to Kumi diocese.

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Rev Charles Okunya Oode, a former priest of the Church of Uganda Diocese of Kumi has finally handed over the education office to the authorities.

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.

The situation was arrested when the House of Bishops elected Michael Okwii Esakhan to take over the office this year. But after the consecration and enthronement of the new Bishop in March, Rev Okunya, who had been appointed Director of Education Services in Kumi Diocese rejected the offer and instead joined the Reformed Anglican Church.

However, Rev. Okunya left the Diocesan education office locked until today when he heeded calls to open the office following the intervention of the security heads in the Kumi district, according to Kumi Diocesan Secretary Rev. Simon Omoding. 

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Before the office was opened, the security team headed by the Kumi Resident District Commissioner John Rex Achila convened the meeting to resolve the impasse. Achila said that his team is determined to follow the matter to its logical conclusion.

“Before coming here, we had to plan by gathering intelligence, meditating and seeking views from different stakeholders. I believe that what we have started today will mark the beginning of the end of this conflict”, he said.

But Bishop Okunya, while handing over the office said that he feared for his life, a reason he left the office locked. He says that he had received life-threatening messages about his involvement in Church matters and urged the Church leaders to exercise restraint especially when communicating with the perceived wrong elements in the Church.

Kumi Diocesan Spokesman Jonathan Maraka said that after accessing the office, they expect Bishop Okunya to provide details of the bank account and return the Diocesan motorcycle Reg. No. UBC 977S and other information related to the Diocese. He said that the Church’s image has been tainted in the last three years of turmoil in the diocese.

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The opening of the education office is one of the first achievements by the diocese of Kumi towards reconciliation and building harmony with Bishop Okunya and members of the Reformed Anglican Church. Rev. Eric Opolot is now the new diocesan education coordinator in Kumi, replacing Okunya who headed the department for more than a decade.