Reverend Canon Charles Collins Andaku has been Consecrated and enthroned as the 7th Bishop of Madi and West Nile Diocese.
He replaces Rt. Rev.Dr. Joel Obetia who has retired. The consecration and enthronement ceremony took place at Arua core PTC Mvara playground where Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda represented President Yoweri Museveni.
The Consecration and enthronement of the new Bishop was presided over by the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, His Grace the most Rev.Stanely Ntagali.
Archbishop Stanely Ntagali thanked President Museveni and the government for the peace and stability in the country which has enabled the church to advance its mission without challenges.
The Archbishop welcomed the new Bishop, Rev. Canon Andaku to the House of Bishops and urged him to preach the complete gospel of Jesus Christ, keep humble, be a man of prayer and also be true to his character as servant of God.
President Yoweri Museveni in his message delivered by the Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda congratulated the new Bishop and his wife upon this great milestone.
He applauded the existing partnership between the Church and the State, adding that the two entities have a duty and responsibility to work together to improve the welfare of the people.
“The Church in Uganda has been a very reliable partner of government in terms of social services and economic transformation –the development of human resource, in particular, providing our people with health and education services,” Museveni said.
He said the church and the state must work together to eradicate poverty, combat diseases, fight corruption and provide the country with a moral compass.
The President thanked the retired Bishop Rt. Rev.Dr Joel Obetia and his wife for the faithful service to God’s people by reaching out to the people beyond the pulpit.
The new Bishop Rt. Rev. Collins Andaku in his charge pledged to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, promote family life, engage in partnerships and investment for the church and also address issues of church land management, environment education and health.
“We shall take the love of Christ to the needy; rural poor, refugees amongst us, and our neighbours in the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan,” said the new Bishop.
The Prime Minister delivered President Museveni’s gift of a brand new vehicle to the new Bishop to enable him perform his pastoral duties.