A team of bishops is attending a closed-door meeting with Clergy, in another attempt to resolve the leadership impasse in Kumi Diocese.
The impasse started after allegations raised by anonymous individuals against Rev. Charles Oode Okunya, the Bishop-elect of Kumi Diocese, declaring him unfit for the position.
He was accused of having extramarital affairs, irregularities in his births records and the venue where Rev. Okunya’s marriage was solemnized. The other issues were on Rev. Okunya’s alleged other children and accountability of some projects in the diocese.
The House of Bishops recently resolved that the impasse in Kumi Diocese needed to be resolved as a matter of urgency. Today, in line with the resolution, the bishops came together in a meeting, chaired by the
retired Bishop of Soroti Diocese, the Rt. Rev. Charles Bernard Ebitu Obaikol.
Also in attendance is the retired Bishop of Bukedea Diocese the Rt. Rev. Nicodemus
Okile Engwalas, the retired Bishop of Kumi Diocese, Rt. Rev. Thomas Edson Irigei, the Rt. Rev. Kosea
Odongo of Soroti Diocese and two others whose names couldn’t be identified by
the time of filing this story. The meeting is taking place at St. Phillips Cathedral in Ngora district.
According to the Provincial Secretary, Rev. Can. Capt.
William Ongeng, the matter was discussed and a select committee of bishops
was identified to spearhead the discussions. He says that the bishops will have two
meetings with different church leaders including Rev. Charles Oode Okunya.
//Cue in; “We don’t need…
Cue out…leave Kumi”//
This is the second time the House of Bishops is sending a committee
of Bishops to probe the issues of Kumi Diocese after the election of Rev.
Okunya as bishop.
In January 2020, a team of three bishops led by bishop Patrick
Gidudu of Mbale Diocese investigated and exonerated Rev. Okunya of all the five
allegations fronted by anonymous individuals within Kumi Diocese.
Without any recommendation in the report, the committee then
concluded its findings and handed over the report to the House of Bishops. But the
report didn’t stop the cancellation of Rev. Okunya’s consecration and enthronement announced
on February 2, 2021.
Rev. Okunya and his supporters later took the matter to
court but the Kampala Civil Division Court dismissed the case in June this
year. Since then, supporters of Rev. Okunya have continued to protest his
cancellation by staying collection to the diocese. Others have called for the
removal of caretaker bishop, Rt. Rev. Charles Odurkami from Kumi Diocese on
grounds that he has caused more division in the already torn Church.
Bishop Odurkami has been caretaking Kumi Diocese since