Two Priests in Arua diocese have
clashed over ownership of an orphanage.
Monsignor Kasto Adeti, the Parish
Priest of Ediofe Cathedral parish and Fr. Nakari Adiga the chairman board
Bishop Frederick Drandua Foundation both claim ownership of St. Kizito Orphanage Primary School
Last week Police dispersed a
meeting of the Parents and Teachers Association– PTA who had turned up for a
The meeting, called by Rev. Fr. Adiga, the chairperson of Bishop Frederik Drandua foundation, which is
currently running the school, was blocked by Adeti, branding it illegal. He argued that the Parish, on
whose land the school is located is responsible for convening the
St. Kizito Orphanage Primary School,
St. Assumpta Health Centre III and Don Dino Orphanage Center were established by
the late Bishop Frederick Drandua, on a 20 acres piece of land of
Ediofe parish where he retreated to after his retirement.
Following Drandua’s death, Fr.
Adiga and two other priests and some Christians registered Bishop Drandua
foundation to manage the three facilities.
On Friday, the two priests clashed
after the headteacher of the school Kennedy Atibuni in his report demanded that
the meeting resolves on ownership of the school which he said has split management
of the school.
//Cue in; There is need to quickly…
Cue out... operationalization." //
Paul Onzubo Parents Representative Saint
Kizito Orphanage PS also put further pressure on the priests to resolve ownership
of the school.
//Cue in; “something is wrong…
Cue out… cheers." //
However, Fr. Adiga in response said the legal
ownership lies in the hands of the foundation that has since been managing the
orphanage, health centre and the school.
//Cue in; this is document…
Cue out... in promoting this." //
But Monsignor Adeti read a letter from Don
Dino, who he says is still alive in Italy, the donor who according to him has
given him ownership of the facilities.
//Cue in; As a diocese, this Don…
Cue out... of the diocese."//
The rift over ownership of the school has since been taken to Arua High Court ruled that there should be mediation among the two parties.