Bishop elect sues Church of Uganda over Cancelled Consecration

Rev. Charles Oode Okunya, whose consecration and enthronement as Bishop of Kumi diocese was overturned has sought an injunction to stop a process that seeks for an overseer of the diocese until his case is heard.

Rev Oode’s consecration was revoked by the archbishop Samuel Stevens Kazimba Mugalu in December 2019.

This followed a petition by a group of people who preferred to call themselves as ‘Concerned Christians of Kumi Diocese’.  The concerned Christians, according to Rev. Canon William Ongeng, the Provincial Secretary for Church of Uganda allege that the elected Bishop had an extra marital partner with children.

Rev. Canon Ongeng told journalists that the enthronement of the new bishop has been delayed to allow the province investigate the claims.

Rev. Okunya was scheduled to be consecrated and enthroned on December 29th, 2019, following his election in November 7th, 2019 at Namirembe Guest House, Kampala. He was to replace Rt. Rev. Thomas Edison Irigei who will still retire on December, 29th, 2019.

In his suit filed on September 14th, Rev Oode says, the revocation of the planned consecration tarnished his name causing psychological torture, economic loss among other effects.

Through his lawyer Caleb Alaka, Rev Oode the actions that delay his consecration affect more than 7500 Christians within Kumi diocese yet the findings of the investigations by the Church of Uganda were communicated to the house of bishops held in Mityana on February 2nd this year.

“Your Lord, this will bring to an end the impasse the diocese currently finds itself in, and the baseless accusations to the leaders of the Church within the diocese.” The Rev says.

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