The House of Bishops of the Anglican Church of Uganda has appointed a successor to Bishop Nelson Onono Onweng of the Diocese of Northern Uganda.
Reverend Johnson Gakumba was appointed to replace Bishop Onono Onweng at the House of Bishops meeting in Kamwenge town on Saturday. The Archbishop, Henry Orombi, said the church is blessed to have a dedicated man of God serve in the diocese. He said Rev. Gakumba would be a fitting replacement to Bishop Onono Onweng, who has been at the forefront of peace and reconciliation efforts in Northern Uganda,
Rev. Johnson Gakumba is currently the vicar of Bugolobi Church of Uganda in Kampala. He will be consecrated as Bishop on December 20th at St. Philips' Cathedral in Gulu.
The election of the new Bishop of Northern Uganda came a day before the consecration of the first Bishop of East Rwenzori Diocese Diocese.
Bishop Edward Bamucwanira was consecrated at St. Stephen's Cathedral in Kamwenge town.
Speaking at the ceremony, Archbishop Orombi challenged the new bishop to lead by example. He said Jesus Christ gave Christians a living example of how to do this, by humbling himself as a servant. The Archbishop said Bishop Bamucwanira was not to lord it over others, but to serve them as a servant.
At 47 years, Bishop Bamucwanira is one of the youngest Bishops in the Church of Uganda. He told the mammoth crowd that attended his consecration that he would work for both the spiritual and material development of his congregation.