Thousands of mourners lined up the streets of Arua town on Monday to receive the body of Fredrick Drandua, the Bishop Emeritus of Arua Diocese. The late Bishop succumbed to cancer of the esophagus at Nsambya Hospital on Thursday.
His body was returned to Arua on Monday ahead of his burial at Ediofe Cathedral on Wednesday. Curious mourners lined up the road from Kuluva, stretching for over three kilometers to receive the casket carrying the Bishop’s remains. Inmates from Arua government prison were part of the crowd that lined up the road leading to Ediofe Cathedral to pay their last respect to the late Bishop.
However, the prison warders couldn’t allow the inmates to speak to the media. Some of the residents wondered why the late Bishop wasn’t flown out of the country for treatment, while others said his time to leave the world had come.
62-year-old Marth Ajidiru is one of those who spent the whole day by the roadside waiting for the casket to arrive. Ajidiru told us that she wouldn’t mind spending two days by the roadside waiting for the Bishop’s body to arrive.
She says the Diocese should have flown the late bishop out of the country for treatment because of his distinguished service. Patrick Paris was a seminarian when Bishop Drandua was the rector of Pokea Seminary. According to Paris, the death of the bishop has robbed the region of a leader who dedicated his life to serving the community.
He says while at the seminary, Bishop Drandua ensured that the seminarians lived a decent life. He says West Nile will never get dedicated leader like the late Bishop.