Christians of Kumi Archdiconary have attacked the Archbishop Church of Uganda Stephen Kaziimba. Kazimba is alleged for irregularities in the election of Rev. Okwi Esakan as Kumi Bishop.
The Christians claim that the Archbishop disregarded the procedure under which the election of Rev. Okwi Esakan was conducted.
Kumi Christians are making moves to block the enthronement of Rev: Micheal Okwi Esakan as the second bishop for the Kumi diocese.
Okwi was elected by the House of Bishops of the Church of Uganda sitting at Lweza Training and Conference Centre on February 9, 2022.
Rev. Michael Okwii Esakahn will be consecrated and enthroned as the 2nd Bishop of Kumi Diocese on March 6, 2022, at St. Philip’s Cathedral, Ngora.
He relaces the Rt. Rev. Thomas Irigei, the first Bishop of Kumi Diocese, who retired at the end of 2019 when he reached the Church’s mandatory retirement age of 65.
According to the constitution and canons of the Church of Uganda, when there is a vacancy in a diocese, the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda automatically becomes the Ecclesiastical Authority. However, Christians of Kumi Dioces are not happy with the decision of the Archbishop.
When Bishop Irigei retired, the 8th Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, the Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali, appointed retired Bishop John Charles Odurkami to serve as the Caretaker Bishop of Kumi Diocese.
WHO IS REV. OKWI ESAKAN
Rev. Okwii was born February 10, 1965, into a Roman Catholic family in Atoot, Ngora District, Teso.
His baptism and confirmation records in the Roman Catholic Church were destroyed during the insurgency. In spite of fearing the reaction of his father, he got saved on 3rd June 1986 in a fellowship studying Isaiah 1:18, “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord.
Rev. Okwii received a Post-Graduate Diploma in Management from the Uganda Management Institute in 2003. He earned a Master of Arts in Applied Theology from Trinity College, Bristol, UK, and a Bachelor of Divinity and Diploma in Theology from Bishop Tucker School Theological College (now Uganda Christian University).
Rev. Okwii was ordained a deacon in St. Peter’s Cathedral, Soroti, in 1990 and a priest in 1991. He has served in many capacities in the Church of Uganda, including as a parish priest and Cathedral Vicar.
He is currently the Archdeacon of Soroti and parish priest of Asuret. He has been a lecturer at Uganda Christian University, Mukono, Director of the Mbale Campus of UCU, and Deputy Principal of St. Peter’s Theological College, Soroti.
Rev. Okwii is married to Christine Okwii Esakhan. The Lord has blessed them with six children, five of whom are still living, and one grandson.
Credit: Nile Post