Madi & West Nile Diocese Gets New Bishop

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The House of bishops has elected Reverend Canon Charles Collins Andaku as new bishop for Madi and West Nile Diocese. He becomes the seventh bishop of the diocese whose first bishop, Silvanus Wani later served as Archbishop of Uganda.

The House of bishops has elected Reverend Canon Charles Collins Andaku as new bishop for Madi and West Nile Diocese.

Reverend Canon Andaku was elected yesterday by the bishops sitting in Iganga.

Bishop-elect Andaku, to be consecrated and installed on February 26, 2017, takes over from Bishop Joel Obetia who annonced his retirement early this year after attaining the age.

Anglican church bishops retire after attaining 65 years of age.

Bishop Obetia has been at the healm of Madi Dioecese since November 2005.

The outgoing Bishop Obetia while communicating the election of the new bishop says it's a great chance for the Christians of the diocese. He says the new bishop has the full support of the Christians and the clergy.

Until his election yesterday,  the new Bishop has been serving as the Chaplain of Muni Girls Secondary School in Arua district and the Vicar of the diocese.

Shortly after the announcement, Canon Andaku said he was surprised and shocked by his choice as the new bishop. He said he least expected to be elected as the successor to Bishop Joel Obetia.

Likening his election  to the biblical story of David, he said since it is the work of God, he will serve Christians to the best of his abilities.

Unlike his predecessor who has been outspoken on issues of imbalances and injustice in the country, the new bishop is reserved and composed.

During the burial of the former bishop of Arua Diocese,  Fredrick Drandua, Obetia lambasted Members of Parliament for prioritising cars instead of procuring a broken cancer machine at Mulago Hospital. He urged the government to divert the money meant to buy cars for legislators to buy the cancer machine instead. Bishop Drandua had died of cancer in September.

Ben Nitho Oroma, at teacher at Muni Girls Secondary School where Canon Andaku served as the chaplain describes the new bishop as someone who has humility, very generous, committed to his work and a quiet man who climbed the ladder very surprisingly. He says during his time in Muni, he made sure everyone was listened to. He says such people are very rare and wishes the new bishop the best.


Who is Andaku?


Canon Andaku was born in 1966 in Kibigoro, Avavu-Katrini, Terego County in Arua district.

He trained as as a secondary school teacher and received a Diploma in Education from Muni National Teacehr's College in 1991. He then received a Bachelor of Education degree from Makerere University in 1999.

He was ordained a deacon in 2005 and a Priest in 2006 by late Bishop Lee Drati. His rise has been seen as one of the fastest for any priest within the diocese.

In May this year, he was made a Canon at Mvara Cathedral by Bishop Joel Obetia. The diocesan secretary Rev Can Stephen Candia describes him as one of the faithful young men who came into the ministry through a dedication which is not questionable. Accorcing to Candia his commitment to serve the Lord has been revealing and believes that the Lord has chosen him for a greater ministry.

Canon Andaku received his Masters in Divinity from Uganda Christian University (UCU). In 2010, he started lecturing at UCU, Arua Campus and in 2012; he became the Vicar of Emmanuel Cathedral.

He becomes the seventh bishop of the diocese whose first bishop, Silvanus Wani later served as Archbishop of Uganda after the death of Janan Luwum in 1977.

Madi and West Nile diocese covers Arua, Moyo, Maracha, Yumbe, Koboko and Adjumani districts.

 

About the author

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.