The Rt. Rev. Dominic Eibu, the Bishop-elect of Kotido Catholic Diocese, says that he is not afraid of the fragile security situation in Karamoja.
The 52- year-old priest who is preparing for consecration on January 14, 2023, was appointed Bishop on October 25, 2022, to replace the Rt. Rev. Giuseppe Filippi after clocking his canonical age limit.
By the time of his appointment, Monsieur Eibu was the Parish Priest of Sacred Heart Church– Sakakini in Cairo, Egypt where he held other responsibilities such as the Vice Provincial Superior, Comboni Province of Egypt-Sudan, Member of the Committee of Organizations collaborating with the UNHCR and Member of the College of Consultors of the Apostolic Vicariate of Alexandria, Egypt.
According to Eibu, while the security situation in Karamoja especially in Kotido is worrying, he has prepared and counseled himself on how to work and manage life in the region.
When asked about his first assignment in office after consecration, Eibu said that he will promote education and try his best to foster good relationships within the Karimojong communities and their neighbors whom he notes have been living in conflicts.
Eibu will be the third Bishop of Kotido Diocese which covers Abim, Kaabong, Karenga, and Kotido districts.
His appointment comes at a time the region has been experiencing a resurgence of cattle raids that have seen a number of people including leaders lose their lives.
The persisting cattle rustling and road ambushes in Kotido have reportedly frustrated government projects in the district including the implementation of the Parish development model.
About Rt. Rev. Dominic Eibu
Born on April 30, 1970, in Lwala, Soroti Catholic Diocese, Fr. Eibu becomes the second catholic priest to be appointed Bishop from the Teso sub-region. The first appointment was in 2019 when Pope Francis appointed Rev. Fr. Dr. Joseph Eciru Oliach as Bishop of Soroti Catholic Diocese.
After ordination in Uganda on August 15, 2002, Monsignor Eibu was posted to Sudan where he worked as Director of Comboni Primary School, Khartoum for eleven years before crossing to Egypt. Most of his assignments have been in education, human rights, and peace.