By George Emuron
The Anglican Church Diocese of Kumi has fired seven of its priests for joining the breakaway Reformed Anglican Church of the Upper Nile headed by Rev. Charles Okunya Oode.
Early last month, Rev. Okunya tendered his resignation to the newly installed Bishop of Kumi Diocese, Michael Okwii Esakan. Okunya resigned from both his priestly duties and the appointment as Director of Education Services in Kumi Diocese.
Bishop Okwii had retained Rev. Okunya in his docket as director of education services in Kumi Diocese when he announced the new board, heads of departments and transfers of clergymen in the diocese.
Rev. Okunya was elected the first Bishop of Kumi Diocese, however, this appointment was revoked on allegations that dealt with his intergrity.
Speaking to Christians during his courtesy visit to Kolir archdeaconry yesterday, Michael Okwi Esakan, the newly elected Kumi Diocese Bishop said the seven priests must handover to the Parish Priests.
He named the priests as; Rev. G. William Opesen of Okum Okamole Parish, Rev. Samuel Osire Ajeluk Parish, Rev. Emmanuel Ecae Oluniga parish, Rev. Solomon Odeke Kanyum Parish, Rev. Jane Akurut Chaplain Bishop Maraka College, Rev. James Opedun Ariet Parish and Rev. Ignatius Omugen Mukura Parish.
Bishop Esakan also added that, sin cannot be healed through shifting churches, therefore he called upon the Christians who are the right believers to stick on their faith.
“Following the information that the Diocesan Administration received on 24th April 2022, in which you dully attended and clearly expressed your dissatisfaction from Church of Uganda Diocese of Kumi, having professed joining The Reformed Anglican Church of the Upper Nile and having refused to express your departure in writing as per canon 3:26 of the provincial canons. We hereby advise you to handover the Church of Uganda Diocese of Kumi instruments of work and authority, and house in your possession to your respected parish priest as soon as possible (seven days) upon receipt of this letter,” the letter reads.