NAMIREMBE, KAMPALA: Church of Uganda Archibishop Dr. Steven Kazimba Mugalu has appointed former Archbishop Henry Luke Orombito be the Caretaker Bishop of Nebbi Diocese following the death of Rt. Rev. Alphonse Watho-Kudi.
Dr. Kaziimba made the announcement at the funeral send -off of the fallen Nebbi Diecese Bishop Watho-kudi on Tuesday Jan 11th in Nebbi.
Wathokudi died on January 10, 2021 in Arua Regional Referral Hospital after battling with Covid-19 for over a week.
The decision to re-appoint the retired Archbishop in the position is in line with the Church of Uganda constitution as explained below.
“The Constitution and Canons of the Church of Uganda, 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.” reads the consititutional clause.
Prior to serving as the 7th Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, the Rt. Rev. Henry Luke Orombi was the 1st Bishop of Nebbi Diocese and brings a wealth of experience, local knowledge, and spiritual maturity to the role.
Archbishop Kaziimba also announced that the Rt. Rev. Joseph Abura, Bishop of Karamoja Diocese, will also step in to become the Dean of the Province. The Constitution and Canons of the Church of Uganda specify that the longest serving active Bishop shall assume the position of the Dean of the Province.
“Pray for the family of Bishop Watho-kudi, retired Archbishop Henry Luke Orombi as he takes on the leadership of a grieving Diocese, and Bishop Joseph Abura as he assumes the responsibilities of Dean of the Province,” he said.