All Set For Consecration Of Madi And West Nile Bishop

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More than 30 Anglican bishops, and retired bishops are expected to grace the occasion with many government dignitaries, including president Museveni expected to attend the function.

It is a beehive of activity  at Mvara Cathedral as parishioners await the consecration of Madi and West Nile bishop, Collins Andaku.

More than 30 Anglican bishops, and retired bishops are expected to grace the occasion with many government dignitaries, including president Museveni expected to attend the function. 
Many visitors from other dioceses within and outside the country have already arrived at the Cathedral, ready to witness the historic event. Bishop Collins Andaku will be the first bishop in the diocese to inherit the seat from a living bishop after retirement.

The event slated today Sunday is a culmination of four months of waiting since the house of bishops elected Canon Collins Andaku as the bishop of the diocese, replacing Dr. Joel Obetia who announced his retirement after serving for 11 years. 
Until his election, the new Bishop had been serving as the Chaplain of Muni Girls Secondary School in Arua district and the Vicar of the diocese. 

Onesmus Dralega, the chairperson of the Central Organising Committee says he has already received confirmation that not less than 30 bishops will attend. He says several dioceses both within and the neighbouring countries have confirmed attendance.
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Dralega says over the past few months they have had to review the budget and reduce it further to suit the financial resources of the diocese. Initially, the organizing team had a budget of about 180 million Shillings  for the event and 380 million shillings to procure a car for the bishop. However, officials say while the budget for the bishop's car remained unchanged, they had to review the money for the actual celebration. 

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Moses Akuma Odims, the Publicity sub committee chairperson says all arrangements are in place. He says security had been boosted in and around the cathedral to ensure that no one is disturbed. He says both police and military will provide the needed support to ensure the safety of the congregation.

For close to a week, the new bishop has been on retreat, with the bishop of northern Uganda Diocese, Rt Rev. Johnson Gakumba. Part of the orientation includes introducing him to the life of a Bishop, what is expected of him and the hierarchy within  both the diocese and outside the diocese. 

 

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Franklin Ezaruku Draku
Franklin Draku has been a journalist since 2004. In his 12 years of practice, Draku can say he has covered all the journalism beats that exist.

A Uganda Radio Network (URN) staff member since 2010, Draku is based in Arua. This is his second tour of duty in this area. Draku was URN's main education and environment journalist in Kampala for two years 2014 to 2016.

A Kyambogo University graduate, Draku first worked with Arua district based Radio Pacis in 2004. At the station, he was a production assistant, reporter, producer, and then talk show host. In 2008, he joined Transnile Broadcasting Service for a year.

Draku reports intensively on education, tourism, environment and local government. He has twice been a runner up for the National Journalism Awards in 2013 and in 2014.