The body of the Retired Anglican Bishop of Soroti Diocese Geresom Ilukor has been transferred to Mulago Hospital as burial preparations get underway.
The body was transported at 11am on Sunday, just hours after he died at Mbale Referral Hospital where he had been admitted following a snake bite. Family members say the decision to take the body to Mulago was to enable a postmortem and preservation.
Bishop Ilukor was bitten by a snake on Friday morning at his home in Kidongole village, Bukedea sub-county, Bukedea district.
The deceased’s daughter Jean Aarakit, told local media that a requiem service will be held today September 2 at All Saints Cathedral, Nakasero.
After the church service, the body will be transported to Lieutenant General Charles Angina’s home in Kyambogo for a vigil before it is transported on Tuesday morning to Bukedea. Burial is scheduled for Friday at St Stephen’s Cathedral in Kumi district.
Charles Elasu, a friend of the deceased bishop told local media that the people of Teso have lost a man of God who was honest. Elasu describes Bishop Ilukol as a pillar and a voice of the people in Teso region.
He says when the late spoke about Teso issues he was heard and the president also listened to him.
Geresom Ilukor served as Bishop of Soroti diocese from 1975 to 2000 when he retired after 25 years. Born in on March 2, 1935, Ilukor started as a lay reader in the church, serving in the parishes of Abata, Ajelek in Kumi and Serere districts.
Ilukor was the third bishop of Soroti the diocese after Ssalongo Stephen Tomusage and Asanasio Maraka. Charles Obaikol Ebitu succeeded Ilukor before he himself retired three years and was replaced by George William Erwau.
Bishop Ilukor is survived by a wife, Loyce Ilukor and seven children.