Hundreds of Ugandans who fled their country during the rule of former President, Idi Amin, are now returning from exile.
GV Anglican Church at Nagongera
SV Bishop Yuna Okoth shakes hands with congregation outside church
CU Bishop talks to BBC reporter John Osman in English (2 shots)
GV Crowd singing and dancing as Bishop walks down steps of church
CU women singing and waving
TOP VIEW Bishop surrounded by singing crowd
BISHOP OKOTH: "No ... I do not know what to say but (indistinct) I think God for bringing me back, and God is Almighty. Because during all these eight years, some of the people were afraid, they thought that our Christian God hand gone a visit somewhere. But, on the eleventh of April, people have realised that there is a God and God had come for their liberation. No, my problem, my immediate problem, is the transport and furnitures. And now in my diocese we are two Bishops we don't have somewhere where we could share ... accommodation."
OSMAN: "Can you work, I mean, what about hospitals and schools and so on?"
BISHOP OKOTH: "All these things have been completely ..... there is nothing in the schools, there is nothing in the hospital, no medicine, no tools."
Another Bishop who fled Uganda in 1977, the Reverend Festo Kivengere, left London on Tuesday (8 May) for Nairobi. He will spend two days in the Kenyan capital before taking a charter flight to Entebbe.
REPORTER: JOHN OSMAN
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Background: 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.