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 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
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.