“Church of Uganda Soroti Diocese led by the Rt. Rev. Koseas Odongo, resolved that the slight misunderstanding which had developed between Hon. Musa Ecweru and the clergy of Wera Parish has been resolved amicably and in the spirit of Faith and forgiveness and of which matter had been blown out of proportion”, the statement which has only two paragraphs reads in part.
Soroti Diocese has diffused its anger after meeting with the
State Minister for Disaster Preparedness, Musa Ecweru in a closed- door meeting
over the assault on church workers.
The meeting held at St. Peter’s Medical Centre in Soroti on Friday
attracted three bishops including the Rt. Rev. Kosea Odongo, the bishop of
Soroti Diocese and two other retired bishops; Charles Bernard Ebitu Obaikol and
Nicodemus Okile Engwalas of Soroti and Bukedi Dioceses respectively.
Capt. Mike Mukula, the NRM National Chairperson for Eastern
Uganda, Soroti District Chairperson, Gregory Egunyu, RCC Soroti, Robert Adiama,
Amuria District Police Commander and the Resident District Commissioner, all
the archdeacons of the diocese and the assaulted clergy were in
Whereas the main meeting ended around 5:00pm, the mini
meeting comprising the bishops, Ecweru, Mukula, Adiama, Egunyu and Mrs. Freda Ocen,
the president of mother’s union in Soroti Diocese extended up to around 7:00pm.
After the meeting, all other members in attendance declined to speak to
journalists who were waiting outside the meeting hall. They referred journalists
to Bishop Odongo, who in turn said he would speak to journalists on Saturday morning
over what transpired.
But at 10:22pm,
Bishop Odongo issued a press statement through his chaplain, Rev. Beseri Otekat
on major WhatsApp groups in Teso.
press release signed by all the bishops in attendance, the church has rescinded
the earlier utterances against the minister and government.
In the earlier statements released by both Soroti Diocese
and the Province of Church of Uganda, the church leaders described minister
Ecweru as a tormentor and terrorist.
“Ugandans deserve public officials who understand their calling as servant leaders, not as
entitled terrorists who load it over their constituents”, read the statement issued
by the Provincial Secretary, Rev. Can. Capt. William Ongeng.
Bishop Odongo, in his media brief after the incident, also said
that the minister had turned into a terrorist following his conduct of beating
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Cue out…proven guilty”//
However, the new press statement claims the issue between
the minister and the church workers was exaggerated.
“Church of Uganda Soroti diocese led by the Rt. Rev. Koseas
Odongo, and in a meeting … resolved that the slight misunderstanding which had
developed between Hon. Musa Ecweru and the clergy of Wera Parish has been
resolved amicably and in the spirit of Faith and forgiveness and of which
matter had been blown out of proportion”, the statement which has only two
paragraphs reads in part.
It continues and concludes with assurance of mending the
relationship with the minister. “The Diocese of Soroti C.O.U have agreed to
jointly to carry out the development of the Seed Secondary School in Wera and the
work will be embarked on as soon as possible for the good of the community and
the church”, the statement ends.
During the meeting, our reporter overheard Soroti District
Chairperson, Gregory Egunyu emphasizing patience in his submissions.“If
the church had exercised some patience, we would have avoided all these things
from happening”, Egunyu said.
Information obtained from sources who attended the
meeting reveals that the land where the church workers were found planting
cassava had pending issues between the church and school where both parties
were advised to stay out of the land until the matter resolved.
Ecweru, in the company of his bodyguard, Juma Odiope is
reported to have beaten church workers at St. John CoU in Wera Parish for
allegedly encroaching onto Wera Seed Secondary School land.