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Christians in North Mbale and West Lango dioceses have welcomed the appointment of the Rev Canon Samuel Gidudu and Venerable Canon Alfred Acur Okodi as the new bishops for the two dioceses respectively.

Rev Gidudu, who will be West Mbale fourth bishop, replaces Daniel Gimadu who retired recently. He will be consecrated on November 19, at St Mathew Cathedral Buhugu in Sironko District while his new West Lango counterpart will be installed on October 16, at St Peters Cathedral Aduku.

Canon Okodi becomes the pioneer bishop of the West Lango Diocese, which was created recently. Mr Charles Wepukhulu, the Bulambuli District chairman, said it was a privilege for the district to have one of its own [the Rev Gidudu] elevated to the office. “He is a good choice. He is an educated, hardworking and down-to-earth man. I believe he will help the diocese to prosper,” he said.

Canon Grace Watuwa of Bupoto Archdeaconry in Manafwa District, who is also the chief administrative officer of Budaka District, described Canon Gidudu as a humble member of the laity.

The Rev Stanley Ntagali, the Archbishop of Church of Uganda last Thursday announced the appointment of the two bishops at the conclusion of the House of Bishops meeting in Lweza, Entebbe Road.Similarly Mr Emmy Milton Akwam, a Christian in the newly-created West Lango Diocese, said the Rev Acur was a passionate preacher who hated conflict and expounded the benefits of love, peace and reconciliation.

stronApplaudedstron“I remember attending one of his sermons at St Augustine Church in Lira in 2011 and almost everyone who sat next to me applauded in approval,” Mr Akwam commented. Mr Benson Dilla, the Oyam District speaker and a member of the Synod – the highest decision making body in Church of Uganda, said the election of Canon Okodi as the new bishop was a blessing to the people of Lango.

Canon Okodi was born on December 25, 1954 at Abako Sub-county in Alebtong District. Asked about the new appointment, Canon Gidudu said he was humbled by God’s grace and love. “I look forward to working with all Christians to ensure that members of the diocese of North Mbale are kept in the presence of the Lord.”

stronProfile for Venerable Canon Alfred Acur Okodi, bishop-elect west lango diocese.stronAge. 60stronBackground.stron He is married to Deborah Acur. stronEducation.stron He holds a Master of Arts degree from the Nairobi Evangelical School of Theology that he attained in 1996 after obtaining a Bachelor of Divinity Degree from the then Bishop Tucker Theological College, now Uganda Christian University. He also holds a teaching diploma from Kyambogo National Teachers’ College, now Kyambogo University. He attended Dr Obote College for O-Level before he proceeded to Kitgum High School for his A-Level education. stronWork experience.stron He taught in Lira Town College before he became a head teacher of Ibuge Secondary School and then Chaplain of Dr Obote College. Since 2011 he has served as Vicar of St Stephens Nsambya as well as Archdeacon of Kampala Southern Archdeaconry in Kampala Diocese.

stronProfile for Rev Canon Samuel Gidudu, bishop-elect north mbale diocesestronAge. 46stronBackground.stron He was born in Bunamakongo Sub-county, Sironko District. He was ordained in March 2002. He is married to Ms Esther Gidudu and has three biological and two adopted children. He succeeds the Rev Daniel Gimadu who recently retired.stronEducation.stron He graduated with a diploma in theology from Uganda Christian University in 2001 before returning to the same institution to pursue a Bachelor of Divinity in 2006. He later graduated in 2009.stronWork experience.stron Since 2010, Canon Gidudu has served as the Diocesan Secretary of North Mbale Diocese as well as the sub-dean of St Mathews Cathedral, Buhugu. Prior to that, he served as the Vicar of St Andrews Parish in Mutufu District.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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