THE Rt. Rev. Henry Luke Orombi was yesterday enthroned as the seventh Archbishop of the Church of Uganda at a ceremony witnessed by President Museveni Yoweri and hundreds of Christians
THE Rt. Rev. Henry Luke Orombi was yesterday enthroned as the seventh Archbishop of the Church of Uganda at a ceremony witnessed by President Museveni Yoweri and hundreds of Christians.
Orombiâ€™s long procession of bishops and clergy entered the Namirembe Cathedral at 10:00am. He sat at the edge of the altar with bishops Michael Kyomya (Busoga) and Charles Obwaikor (Soroti) in tow.
At 11:35am, the Dean of the Province of the Church of Uganda, Bishop Nicodemus Okille (Tororo), held aloft Orombiâ€™s hand and proclaimed:
â€œBrethren in God, we now present to you our beloved brother Henry Orombi Bishop of Nebbi diocese, whom in accordance with the Constitution of our Church, we have duly elected Archbishop.â€
The chancellor of the province, Ezekiel Muhanguzi, administered the oaths and the Dean of Namirembe diocese, Rev. Magala Musiwufu, enthroned Orombi.
Rev. Sandy Millar, the Vicar of Holy Trinity Church of Brompton, London, delivered the dayâ€™s sermon. Archbishops from Sudan, Kenya and representatives from Rwanda, Burundi, UK, US, Korea and Nigeria attended.
The congregation included retired Bishop Christopher Ssenyonjo, who has been criticised by the Church of Uganda for his views about gays.
The climax of the installation came when outgoing Archbishop, Mpalanyi Nkoyooyo, handed Orombi the Primatal Cross crowning the enthronement and said: â€œTime has come for us to leave. We shall be in the countryside in our home in Nakabago. We are going to kusamba nnanda (farming).
Nkoyooyo then handed over a copy of his biography to Museveni.
The President declined to give a speech, saying it was Orombiâ€™s day. â€œPoliticians should create their own forum for making speeches. In the Movement, we hate opportunism,â€ he said.
He hailed Nkoyooyo for his leadership: â€œI have never had a problem with him. He is a man of God.â€
Museveni, an Anglican, said the Church must find out why the youth were abandoning it. â€œThereâ€™s no way someone can walk away from something good and go to something bad with his conscience.
Archbishop Orombi enthroned