Hundreds of Ugandans who fled their country during the rule of former President, Idi Amin, are now returning from exile.
Hundreds of Ugandans who fled their country during the rule of former President, Idi Amin, are now returning from exile. Among them is the Anglican Bishop of Bukedi, Reverend Yuna Okoth. He left Uganda just over two years ago during the Amin regimes persecution of the Anglican Church.
SYNOPSIS: Before he fled in 1977, Bishop Okoth served his Eastern Uganda diocese from this church at Nagongera -- not far from Tororo. On Sunday (6 May), he returned from exile and got a tumultuous welcome from thousands of people who crowded around the Anglican church.
Bishop Okoth told his congregation that many people had been killed by Amin's soldiers because they were Christians. He thanked Tanzania for sending troops into Uganda, saying "now people can worship freely without fear of anti-Christian informers." Bishop Okoth was one of the Amin regime's most wanted men. He claims he was to have been killed at the same time as the Archbishop of Uganda, Janani Luwum. Archbishop Luwum's death in 1977 climaxed the confrontation between Church and State in Uganda.
Bishop Okoth said he had been accused -- unjustly -- for possing arms to overthrow Amin. But the Bishop said all he had wanted was peace.