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Court Summons Kumi Diocese over Debt

Between 2006 and 2009, the diocese borrowed 157 million shillings in installments from Patrick Francis Opolot, a businessman. The money was to enable the diocese to pay legal fees in a land case.
Soroti High Court has summoned Kumi Diocese over failure to refund money it owes a member of the church.

Between 2006 and 2009, the church borrowed 157 million shillings in installments from Patrick Francis Opolot, a businessman. The money was to enable the diocese to pay legal fees in a land case.

According to the summons signed by Julia Atio, the Deputy Registrar Soroti High Court, the church should appear in court and explain why they have failed to refund Opolot's money.

Opolot's lawyers Obore, Engulu advocates & solicitors argue that they have records indicating that their client paid 157 million shillings to the diocesan secretary. 

Opolot says that since 2009, he has been demanding his money back, in vain. He explains that failure to refund his money has affected his business. 

However, Bishop Thomas Edison Iregei, the Bishop Kumi Diocese, says that the church owes Opolot only 110 Million shillings and not 157.  Iregei explains that Opolot could have been giving the money to unknown people who were not authorized to collect money on behalf of the diocese.

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