The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda Rev Dr Stephen Kazimba Mugalu has named Retired Archbishop Henry Luke Orombi as the Caretaker Bishop of Nebbi Diocese.
This followed the death of Rt. Rev. Alphonse Watho-Kudi who was the second Bishop of the Diocese.
Announcing the appointment at the burial of Bishop Watho held at St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Goli, Kazimba asked people to pray for the family of the deceased as well as the Retired Archbishop Henry Luke Orombi “as he takes on the leadership of a grieving Diocese.”
Such an appointment, the COU officials stated, is backed by the Constitution and Canons of the Church of Uganda which states that when a diocese falls vacant, the Archbishop automatically becomes the Bishop of the Diocese and takes on all ecclesiastical authority. The Archbishop may, however, appoint a retired Bishop to serve on his behalf as a Caretaker Bishop.
It should be noted that Orombi, before becoming the 7th Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, was the first Bishop of the same diocese.
Rt. Rev. Alphonse Watho-kudi, the second Bishop of Nebbi Diocese succumbed to Covid-19 on January 10, 2021 in Arua Regional Referral Hospital.
Archbishop Kazimba also announced that the Rt Rev Joseph Abura, Bishop of Karamoja Diocese, will be the Dean of the province.