El Obeid, 06 November, 2019 / 9:01 am (ACI Africa).
When the Bishops and heads of dioceses in Sudan and South Sudan met for their weeklong Annual Plenary Assembly in Juba that concluded October 30, they not only deliberated about the situation of their sister countries and delivered a message of hope but also elected new leaders for their umbrella body, the Sudan Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SCBC).
The leaders elected the Local Ordinary of Sudan’s diocese of El Obed, Bishop Yunan Tombe Trille Kuku to be the new President of SCBC. He is expected to take over from Bishop Barani Eduardo Hiiboro Kussala of South Sudan’s Tombura-Yambio diocese.
Confirming his election to ACI Africa soon after the process, Bishop Tombe said referencing his brother Bishops and heads of dioceses in Sudan and South Sudan, “Election has taken place and they voted me for president. I will take the office in January 2020.”
SCBC President, Bishop Hiiboro also confirmed the election in a phone interview with ACI Africa saying, “We elected Bishop Tombe of El Obeid diocese to be the president of our conference.”
He further expressed appreciation for his successor, 55-year-old Bishop Tombe, testifying, “He is a wonderful person, a great guy, very humble, down to earth, very sharp pastorally and committed to the cause of people in enhancing unity.”