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Pioneer Bishop of Lango Diocese Otim Laid to Rest

Bishop Emeritus Otim passed on at the age of 84 from the Uganda Heart Institute on October 9th was laid to rest at the Headquarters of Lango Diocese at Boroboro Cathedral Church, Adekokwok Sub County in Lira district on Saturday. In his message presented by the first Deputy Prime Minister Gen. Moses Alii, President Museveni described late Bishop Emeritus Otim as a peace loving servant of God who worked during the most difficult of Amin’s dictatorial regime.
(C) Ambassador Joy Ruth Acheng laying the wreath jointly with the leader of opposition Betty Aol Ochan (R) during the funeral held at Boroboro Cathedral Church in Lira District on Saturday


President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has joined thousands of people in mourning the late pioneer Bishop of Lango Diocese Reverend Melchizedek Otim.  

Bishop Emeritus Otim who passed on at the age of 84 at the Uganda Heart Institute on October 9th was laid to rest at the Headquarters of Lango Diocese at Boroboro Cathedral Church, Adekokwok Sub County in Lira district on Saturday. 

In his message presented by the first Deputy Prime Minister Gen. Moses Ali, President Museveni described the late Bishop Emeritus Otim as a peace loving servant of God who worked during the most difficult of Amin’s dictatorial regime.

President Museveni donated about Shillings 10 million towards the burial arrangement.

Born on September 9th, 1935, Bishop Emeritus Otim was appointed and ordained the first Bishop of Lango Diocese in 1976 by the late Archbishop of Church of Uganda, Janan Luwum.  

He has become the first Anglican Bishop to be buried at the Diocesan headquarters at Boroboro Cathedral church. 

Rev John Charles Odur Kami, Lango Diocese Bishop Emeritus who inherited from the deceased in 2000 as the second Bishop says late Rev Otim worked hard during difficult time which the diocese did not have any resource for effective management and operation.

His funeral attracted several senior government servants including Uganda’s Ambassador to Canada, Joy Ruth Acheng and Lands Minister Betty Amongi among others.

Ambassador Acheng credited the late Bishop Emeritus as an educationist who promoted education by founding several schools during his tenure. Late Bishop Emeritus is credited for crafting the first idea to establish All Saints University, championing peace and reconciliation in Northern Uganda among other achievements. 

Late Bishop Emeritus Otim served as the Bishop of Lango Diocese for 25 years until 2000 when he retired and was replaced by the Bishop Emeritus, John Charles Odur Kami in 2001.