Christians in Nebbi are mourning the death of Bishop Alphonse Watho-kudi of Nebbi Diocese.
Rev. Watho-kudi passed away on Saturday night at Arua Regional Referral Hospital after battling with Covid-19 for the past two weeks.
Wathokudi was known as a vocal cleric who never minced words on any subject matter.
He was only the second Bishop of the Diocese after Henry Luke Orombi who retired as the Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Uganda.
“With great shock, I wish to inform all that Bsp Alphonse Wathokudi of Nebbi Diocese has passed on, from Arua Hospital. This occurred last night! More info on funeral-related arrangements shall be communicated. We have lost our Great Shepherd, may his soul RIP, Amen” Emilio Odongo the president of the Greater Nebbi Forum said.
“Oh! What a tragedy! May his soul rest in eternal peace and may the almighty strengthen his families, friends, in-laws, and all the Christian community and people of Greater Nebbi during this sad moment,” Bruno Oribi the Nebbi district sports officer.
A number of tributes have been pouring over ever since the news of his demise trickled in.
“Very very sad news indeed. The Lord gives and takes away. We confine with the family and the diocese of Nebbi. We pray for God to strengthen us all at this difficult time. May the soul of Bishop Alphonse rest in peace,” said Charles Okello, the Kyambogo University secretary.
“Bishop Alphonse has crossed! Christ said, “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life. John 5:24,” Bod Ogwang a producer at Christ the King, a radio station owned by the church said.
Erick Abedkani a close family friend said the diocesan secretary would soon leave for Arua to make arrangements to bring the body back to Nebbi General Hospital.