Big Send-off For BIshop Ilukor

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Over 10,000 mourners were in attendance as Bishop Geresom Ilukor was laid to rest in Kumi district on Friday.

Over 10,000 mourners were in attendance as Bishop Geresom Ilukor was laid to rest in Kumi district on Friday.
 
The over 80 tents pitched at Kumi Primary School near St Stephen Cathedral were all filled to capacity as crowds turned up to bury who served Teso as a priest for almost 50 years, 25 of those as Bishop of Soroti Diocese.
 
At 4:44pm, the remains of the 78-year-old prelate were lowered to the grave in front the Cathedral, five days after his death at Mbale Hospital.

Bishop Ilukor died on August 30, two days after a snake bite at his home in Codong village, Kidongole sub-county in Bukedea district.

Christine Amongin Aporu, the Minster for Teso Affairs told URN that the organisers had hired twelve thousand chairs but they were all occupied leaving hundreds of people standing.

President Yoweri Museveni contributed 70 million shillings towards the burial expenses. 

Dr. Peter Olupot Olupot of Mbale Referral Hospital, told mourners that Bishop Ilukor died due to lack of enough blood in the body. Dr. Olupot Olupot, who attended to the bishop after being admitted at the hospital, said by the time Ilukor reached Mbale hospital the snake venom had already circulated all over his body making it difficult to save him.

Security Minister Muruli Mukasa represented President Yoweri Museveni at the burial. Museveni in his message pledged to support Ilukor’s family whom he described as one of his closest friends in Teso.

Retired Bishop of Bukedi diocese, Rt. Rev. Nicodemus Okile, who represented the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda Stanly Ntagali, called upon the family to dismiss any superstitious ideas that could be lingering in their minds in relation to a snake bite that killed the bishop.

Eleven bishops from Uganda and Teso district in Kenya attended the burial.