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After his retirement in 2009, Bishop Drandua retired to Don Dino Orphanage Center, which he had built with the help of donors from Germany and Austria to help Orphans and vulnerable Children in the diocese.
Don Dino Orphanage Center built by late Bishop Frederick Drandua which the current Bishop Sabino Odoki wants reverted to his administration and the occupants evacuated.

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There is uproar in Arua diocese following a decision by the Bishop Sabino Ocan Odoki to take over Don Dino Orphanage and a health center built by his predecessor, the late Bishop Frederick Drandua. 

After his retirement in 2009, Bishop Drandua retired to Don Dino Orphanage Center, which he had built with the help of donors from Germany and Austria to help Orphans and vulnerable

Children in the diocese.

Following the appointment of Bishop Sabino Odoki as the Apostolic Administrator of Arua Diocese, Bishop Drandua then shifted from the Bishop’s palace to the Orphanage Center, where he later constructed a health center with a maternity to help expectant mothers and continued to supervise over 200 children at the center.    

Prior to his death on September 1st, 2016 at Nsambya Hospital in Kampala, Bishop Drandua reportedly handed the Center to two Lay Helpers. He reportedly urged them to continue helping Orphans and needy expectant mothers.

However, Christine Tiru one of the lay helpers died on May 9th, 2018 leaving Domitilla Ojoru in the care of the center with the help of Bishop Drandua Foundation that was started in 2001 with the late Bishop and five female volunteers.  

However, on August 6, 2019, to Domitilla Ojoru, the Lay Helper and Care taker of the Don Dino Orphanage Center, Bishop Sabino Odoki demanded that the properties considered personal to the late Bishop be given to the family and the rest revert to the Diocesan Administration led by him.   

“I hereby write to notify you to prepare the personal belongings of the late Bishop Frederick Drandua to be handed over to his family……and also to require you to prepare all properties that is considered official in nature so that they are reverted to Arua Diocese,” reads the letter in part 

Adding that, “………please take this notice with the utmost significance to avoid any inconveniences. All current occupants of Don Dino Orphanage shall have to prepare to evacuate the premises. The hand over is slated to take place on September 20th 2019.” 

However, Fr. Nakari Adiga, the Chairperson of the late Bishop Frederick Drandua Foundation, which was officially registered to manage the center will not have any of this. 

He says the move by the Bishop Sabino Ocan Odoki to take over the management of the Orphanage Center and evict more than 200 occupants is breach of trust.  

//Cue in: I have read the letter ….

Cue out:….. Legally registered//

 

Some of the Christians have also decried the Bishop’s decision to evacuate the occupants of Don Dino Orphanage Center contravenes the reasons why it was established.

 

//Cue in: In strong terms ….

Cue out: …..of the diocese//

 

There are over 200 orphans at Don Dino Orphanage Center studying at St. Kizito Primary School which was also started by the late Bishop Frederick Drandua. Don Dino health center III has over 50 health workers and patients.

Documents seen by URN shows that before the late Bishop Drandua started St. Kizito P.S, the Orphanage Center and health center, the Parish Pastoral Council sat and allocated him land for the establishment of the facilities to help the poor, sick and vulnerable. 

According to Fr. Nakari Adiga, the Late Bishop Drandua’s bed room, its furniture and properties have been preserved as a mini Museum, which they intend to turn into a Diocesan Museum for the Clergy, which Arua Diocese doesn’t have.

A week ago, some friends of the late Bishop Drandu from Germany visited Arua and were

reportedly touched by what they saw of the room where the late Bishop Drandua spent his last days.