Following Bishop Biguzzi’s retirement, Pope Benedict XVI named Henry Aruna the Bishop of Makeni.
Bishop Aruna who was Consecrated Bishop in January 2013 for Makeni Diocese could not take up his Episcopal role in the Diocese because a section of the Clergy and other people in the Sierra Leonean Episcopal See could not let him.
In July 2015, he was later appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Sierra Leone’s Kenema Diocese and assigned the Titular See of Nasbinca; Bishop Aruna was appointed Local Ordinary of Kenema Diocese in January 2019.
The Diocese of Makeni, which is hugely comprised of Temne people, reportedly refused to acknowledge the appointment of Bishop Aruna who belongs to the Mende people.
The Diocese has therefore been under the temporary leadership of Bishop Natale Paganelli as Apostolic Administrator.
On his Consecration, Bishop Koroma pledged to dedicate his Episcopal Ministry to working for the unity of all people irrespective of their tribes.
He said during the May 13 event, “I dedicate my ministry to praying and working assiduously for unity in the Church of Sierra Leone, in the Diocese of Makeni, and in the country as a whole. May we all feel and work as Sierra Leoneans and children of God.”
The Sierra Leonean Catholic Bishop who had been serving as Vicar General of Makeni Diocese at his appointment appealed to Sierra Leone’s president Julius Maada Bio and other leaders who attended his Episcopal Consecration to work for peace as the country edges close to national elections slated for June 24 amid what religious leaders in the West African nation have termed “early warning signs of conflict and election violence”.
“May your presence here today to witness and participate in this ordination ceremony inspire all of us to work assiduously for a more peaceful, coherent, and reconciled Sierra Leone,” he said.
Bishop Koroma continued, “As the General and Presidential Elections draw near, I wish to seize this opportunity to make a special appeal to all my compatriots, especially the relevant stakeholders to ensure that the coming elections in June be conducted in a free, fair, transparent, and decent manner, devoid of violence and intimidation.”