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Archbishop Kaziimba Reappoints Former Lango Bishop as Caretaker of Kumi Diocese

The Archbishop of Church of Uganda, The Most Rev Dr Samuel Stephen Kaziimba Mugalu has reappointed the former Lango Diocesan Bishop, the Rev John Charles Odurkami the caretaker Bishop of Kumi diocese.

Bishop Odurkami was first announced the acting Bishop of Kumi diocese by former Archbishop of Church of Uganda Stanley Ntagali in 2019 following the retirement of the then Kumi Diocesan Bishop Edison Irigei who handed over the ecclesiastical and episcopal authority of the Diocese to Archbishop Ntagali on December 29, 2019.

The House of Bishops’ meeting held on December 14, 2019 at Boroboro had resolved to postpone the consecration and enthronement of the second Bishop of Kumi diocese and subsequently formed a commission of inquiry that would look into the matters that arose in the Diocese which necessitated the postponement.

Archbishop Stephen Kaziimba Mugalu has now announced the reappointment of Bishop Odurkami.

In a letter dated January 8, 2021, Kaziimba extended his gratitude to Bishop Odurkami for the work he has done in caretaking Kumi diocese and appreciated the challenges he has gone through.

“Following the pending process and activities in the Diocese, this is to request you to continue as caretaker Bishop of Kumi diocese until a substantive Bishop is elected and consecrated,” read the letter in part.

Bishop Odurkami was enthroned in April 2001 as the second Bishop of Lango Diocese after Bishop Melchizedek Otim, a position he held until 2017 when he handed over to Rt Rev Alfred Olwa.

In 2014, he was appointed as caretaker Bishop in Kitgum following the retirement of Bishop Benjamin Ojwang until 2018 when he handed over to Rt Rev Wilson Kitara.

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He also served as the chaplain to the late Archbishop Livingstone Mplanyi Nkoyoyo.

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