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Kumi Caretaker Bishop Odurkami Set to Quit Diocese Following Death Threats

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Bishop Odurkami was appointed by the retired Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, The Rt. Rev. Stanley Ntagali to caretake the troubled Kumi Diocese following the failed consecration of Rev. Charles Okunya over inconsistency in his age among other things.
The Rt. Rev. John Charles Odurkami the caretaker Bishop appearing for the first time on local radio state owned stationed on Thursday to responding on violent attack on Church

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The Rt. Rev. John Charles Odurkami his role as caretaker Bishop of Kumi Diocese will not exceed December 29th, 2020. He disclosed this while appearing for the first time on Etop Radio on Thursday following the violent attack on clergy at St. Phillips Cathedral in Ngora district on Sunday last week.

Bishop Odurkami was appointed by the retired Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, The Rt. Rev. Stanley Ntagali to caretake the troubled Kumi Diocese following the failed consecration of Rev. Charles Okunya over inconsistency in his age among other things.     

The retired Bishop of Lango Diocese, who had already caretaken other dioceses such as Kitgum and West Nile, says his time to work as caretaker will end on December 29th, 2020, adding that he isn’t ready for another assignment.    

“Am already retired, I have been in different places to preach peace, love and humility among others and we have been successful, but Teso is a unique case. My assignment was for one year with the expectation that there would be peace, love, stability and humility, by now we would have had a bishop already consecrated, but from day one since I came, opposition stood up, started fighting and rebelling”, he said.  

Bishop Odurkami says he will not tolerate and watch the clergy and church of God being dehumanized.  

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Bishop Odurkami’s revelation comes almost a week after 14 youths stormed St Phillips Cathedral Ngora and attacked the Archdeacon, Rev Martin Ejeit and his son Bweseri Odeke. His younger son and five other Christians are nursing injuries at Ngora Freda Carr Hospital.   

 

Bishop Odurkami has personally been attacked twice this year in Bukedea and Kumi Archdeaconries on issues related to Rev. Okunya. According to Odurkami, those behind the attack insist that there will be no Diocese or Bishop in Kumi until the Rev. Okunya is consecrated.    

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On Wednesday, the youths who attacked the charge before Soroti High court where they were charged with attempted murder, aggravated robbery and criminal trespass among others.  Kumi Diocese comprises 10 archdeaconries in Bukedea, Kumi, and Ngora districts. It was curved from Soroti Diocese in 2001 with Rt. Rev. Thomas Edison Irigei as the founding Bishop.