It could be recalled that since the announcement of Bishop Aruna as Bishop of Makeni Diocese there has been disagreement from and within the Makeni Diocese. This has resulted in a massive split and reduction in the Catholic faith within the Makeni Diocese.
Joseph Kamara (47) of St. Francis Parish in Makeni told Awoko that he had be a catholic since the age of 12 and his original name was Mohamed Kamara. He said many people have left the Church for other protestant churches, others has returned to their original faith which is Islam, all because the Catholic faith in Makeni no longer speaks with one voice.
Hawa Mansaray a business woman of the Our Lady of Fatima Parish Teko Road Makeni said, she had stopped going to church since the Bishop saga in January 2012 and that she will only return to the church when the matter of the Bishop is laid to rest.
However, Albert Fornah and Kadiatu Bangura both of the Holy Spirit Parish Masuba Makeni said they are not going to leave the Parish nor the catholic faith because of one person, they will remain catholic but will not attend any mass that will be conducted by Bishop Aruna.
Efforts made by Awoko to reach the serving Priest in the Makeni Diocese were unsuccessful. Religious leaders of other denomination, tribal leaders and senior citizens within Makeni City have refused to comment on the ongoing saga within the Makeni Diocese.
Many people within Makeni City believe it is an internal problem and the best they can do is to offer prayers for them.
The Catholic faith in Sierra Leone is one of the biggest among the Christian faith and Makeni Diocese is the biggest among the Freetown, Bo, and Kenema Diocese respectively.
Makeni Diocese covers areas like Songo which is just after Waterloo, Lungi, Port Loko to Kambia, Lunsar to Makeni, Mile 91 to Magburuka, Kunabugu to Kamakwie, Matotoka etc. They own a Radio station, also a very good number of Primary, Junior and Senior Secondary Schools, Tertiary Institutions including the University of Makeni UNIMAK.
Bishop Aruna has held his first mass in Our Lady of Sea Parish in Juba West of Freetown.
By Alie Turay