Ayivu Chief, Elders Condemn Ediofe Cathedral Raid

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We elders of Ayivu where Ediofe Cathedral is located condemn any form of verbal or physical assault and manipulations of individual and institutions that leads to anarchy. We therefore urge for peaceful resolution to this seven year old conflict by a competent, responsible and neutral authority, reads Adonguas September 29th letter.

Mike Agondua, the Ayivu County chief and a group of elders have condemned the recent clashes at the Ediofe Cathedral, which led to the destruction of church property. A group of Christians opposed to Rt. Rev. Sabino Ocan Odoki, the Bishop of Arua Diocese raided Ediofe Cathedral and vandalized property.
 

They attempted to raid the residence of the Bishop, but were repulsed by his military and police guards. At least 24 Christians were arrested and charged in connection with the attack. They are currently on remand in Arua Central Prison. Now, Mike Agondua, the Ayivu County chief and a group of elders have condemned the attack and called on Christians to be law abiding.
 
 
"We elders of Ayivu where Ediofe Cathedral is located condemn any form of verbal or physical assault and manipulations of individual and institutions that leads to anarchy. We therefore urge for peaceful resolution to this seven year old conflict by a competent, responsible and neutral authority," reads Adongua's September 29th letter.

 
Both Agondua and the elders also warn Christians against using the land donated to host church and the name of the late Bishop Emeritus Frederick Drandua to breed war.  "It is absolute disrespect to use the name of our beloved late Bishop who loved our people and whom the people cherished dearly for ill intentions and manipulations," reads the letter in part.
 
 
Adding that, "We trust that, the Roman Catholic Church has in place mechanisms to address internal conflicts of this magnitude in her long history of existence and tradition; it's our prayer that all the clergy and the laity will embrace and honest dialogue and unity of purpose in the diocese".
 

The elders note that, "We all look to the Catholic Church for guidance when in darkness, for hope when in despair, reconciliation when in conflict, forgiveness when hurt by evil and we entrust the Bishop and all the clergy to guidance of the Holy Spirit for wisdom in handling this matter peacefully".



According to Agondua the people of Arua are peace loving who have accommodated people from different tribes to make the place a cosmopolitan area, adding that this shouldn't be destroyed by people with selfish interests.
 
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Agondua says it is regrettable that documents that contribute to the long history of the existence of the Catholic Church at Ediofe were burnt during the raid and will never be recovered.