Pastor Yiga released on bail, asked to follow guidelines against COVID19

By Sania Babirye

MwangaII magistrate court has finally released on bail Renowned city Pastor of Revival church in Kawaala Pastor Augustine Yiga after spending one month and seven days in Kitalya government prison.

Grade one magistrate Timothy Lumunye ordered Pastor Yiga to deposit two million not cash after ruling that the suspect had presented substantial sureties including a one Richard Kimbowa and Denise Kato. He also presented a medical report to prove that he suffers from diabetes.

His bail hearing was granted via a video visual link.

He however warned Pastor Yiga from commenting or giving his opinion on COVID-19 either to his followers in church or the media saying this will automatically lead to cancellation of his bail and he was also ordered to comply with any security guidelines and laws intended to stop the spread of COVID-19.

He returns to court on the 25th of June for further mention of his case.

Pastor Yiga was remanded on the 30th of March to Kitalya government prison on charges of doing an act likely to cause the spread of COVID19.

Pastor Yiga pleaded not guilty to the said charge but the magistrate referred ruling on his bail application after his supporters refused to respect the social distancing directive to fight spread of corona virus by filling up the entire courtroom.

The magistrate further warned that if his followers do not adhere to the said precaution again, he will not rule on his bail application until they do so .

Prosecution states that on the 27th of April 2020 while at his church in Kawaala and before reporters of several Television stations, Pastor Yiga alias Abizayo uttered words to mean that there is no Corona virus in Uganda and Africa well knowing that such words are likely to spread the infection of Corona virus which is dangerous to life.

Pastor Augustine Yiga is said to have further alleged that the alleged deadly virus was just a common flu that has been existing in African countries for years.

Police says his utterances are undermining the government’s effort to fight the spread of the virus.

Police arrests man for burning three churches in Kasokoso

By Robert Segawa

Kiira division Police is investigating circumstances under which 21 year’s old man set three churches located in Kasokoso village in Kiira Municipality on fire leaving property worth millions of shillings destroyed.

According to Luke Owoyesigyire Kampala metropolitan deputy police spokesman, the three churches set a blaze are St.Noah Catholic church Kasokoso, Liberty church of Christ international and God’s Tour promising church also located in Kasokoso.

Owoyesigyire says that some of the things that were destroyed include reverends’ cloaks, church books, alterwine, curtains, plastic chairs , sofa sets, TV sets worth millions of shillings .

He adds that the culprit gained entry into churches by breaking through windows.

Owoyesigyire further adds that this morning the suspect surrendered himself to Kiira Division police armed with three brand new knives. He was identified as Ngobi John Reagan 21 years unemployed resident of Kasokoso beach Kiira municipality Wakiso district

During interview the suspect revealed that, he burnt these churches because of anger arising from the fact that churches preach prosperity but he has remained poor. Police will take him to Butabika for medical check-up as investigation are on going

Men gather conference to discuss roles of men in families

By Phiona Namutebi

In a bid to curb the soaring number of divorce cases in Uganda, Phaneroo Ministries International is organizing a men’s meeting that will be aimed at giving men insight on how to handle marital issues.

While speaking to the press today, Zac Mutyaba a Pastor at Phaneroo Ministries said, ‘Many men are not particularly aware of what they are doing wrong, He said some for example do not know how to save money, budgeting for their families and others don’t have purpose to marry instead they marry because of excitement and peer pressure. He adds that these gaps weigh heavily of wives leading to painful separations and divorces.

Mutyaba also intimated that as a church, they do not agree with divorce because of its outcomes including single parenting which comes with its own challenges. At the Men Gather Conference, men will be reminded about their primary role as heads of families. This event is scheduled to take place on the 29th of February at Kololo Independence ground.

The event which is expected to start at 9Am has a great deal of activities lined up till evening including car care, fun games and exhibitors of different products.

Rev. Nyegenye named first female provost in Church of Uganda history

By Moses Kidandi

All Saints Cathedral, Kampala (ASCK) will install her first-ever female Provost in the history of the Church of Uganda, Rev. Canon Dr. Rebecca Margaret Nyegenye, and her assistant, Rev. Captain David Serunjoji on Wednesday 10th July, 2019 during the mid-week service.

The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda and the Bishop, Diocese of Kampala, His Grace Stanley Ntagali, will preside over the function.
The Provost is the Parish Priest who is also the Chief Executive Officer of the Cathedral for providing overall leadership to the Cathedral ministry in articulating and implementing the Vision, Mission, Objectives and entire operations of the Church while maintaining the dignity, heritage and values of the Anglican Church of Uganda.

Rev. Canon Dr. Nyegenye is a clergy in the Church of Uganda. Born and raised in the Eastern District of Busia to the late Rev. James Efumbi and Janet Efumbi, she is the second born of seven. Dr. Nyegenye holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from University

Church, gender ministry merge efforts to save children

The Church of Uganda and the Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development have agreed to strengthen their collaboration in programmes that address children’s vulnerability across the country.

This comes at a time when the Church’s Provincial Assembly declared 2019 as a year for children, with focus on protecting children’s rights while nurturing them to grow in a desirable manner and be responsible adults in the future.

While meeting a delegation from the Church at the ministry headquarters on Wednesday, the Minister of State for Youth and Children Affairs, Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi, announced that the Church of Uganda would lead this year’s Day of the African Child celebrations.
The Day is commemorated on 16th June to raise awareness on issues affecting children in general and particularly vulnerable children.

It’s history is rooted in the June 16, 1976 students match from Soweto, South Africa. They were shot by security forces while marching as a way to demonstrate their disapproval of the Black Education Act, which segregated students based on their race.
Nakiwala noted that the Government was happy anti work with the Church of Uganda since its congregation is made up of one-third of children.

“It’s therefore pleasant to partner with an institution that first of all has the means of mass mobilization but also the numbers to cause change,” Nakiwala said.
She also handed church representatives copies of the current regime of laws and regulations on children.

The Children’s Ministry Coordinator at the Church of Uganda, Rev Richard Rukundo, said their strategy was to involve all organs of the church like Mothers Union, Father’s Union, Young Marrieds Fellowship, Home Cells, Christian Women’s Fellowships, Prayer and Intercession groups in establishing and leading Children’s Ministry in the Church and Family.
“We have a Roadmap whose purpose is to position the child at the center of all Ministry activities through multiple approaches. We are engaging every child in the Family, Schools, Church, Community and country at large,” Rukundo noted.
He revealed that their choice of focus was informed by Bible teachings which proclaim children as gifts from the Lord and fruit of the womb.
“In Western countries, they have realized that the problems they have of liberalism and loss of faith are mainly because there was a time when they stopped sending their children to Church and Sunday school. Therefore, Children’s Ministry is very important for the stable growth of the Church and development of a strong generation” he added.

Statistics indicate that 11.3% of children in Uganda are orphans and half of all children are vulnerable. Only 6% are safe in their homes, schools and community. Many families are also categorized as unstable and poor. Some children are separated from one or both parents due to domestic violence, abuse, alcoholism, HIV/AIDS and other conflicts.

He revealed that the Archbishop, The Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali, in December 2018, wrote to all Bishops, Clergy, Lay Readers, Christians and People of Uganda communicating about the year of the Child and the deliberate drive to advocate for the welfare of children.

Church of Uganda breaches agreement on land deal

By Sania Babirye
The Commercial court has given  Church of Uganda one last chance to settle out of court a 7.3 billion shillings case filed against the church by a consultancy company;  Land Coin  Ltd.
 This  after neither the  a Church representative nor its appointed lawyers of Sebalu and Lule advocates showed up in  court today for a mediation  hearing session .
 This has prompted the mediator Jonhson Kwesigabo to adjourn the case to the 13th/July 2018 with a warning that if church of Uganda does not appear  that day , the case file  will be  forwarded to a judge so that the matter goes through a full trial.
 The 7.3 billion shillings arise out  of a contract the Church entered into with Land coin Ltd to carry out consultations  and investigations to recover compensation from government  for  a 15 acreage land housing part of Entebbe International Airport and ministry of Agriculture.
 According to court documents , the  Church committed itself to pay Land coin Ltd 15% of the total value of the compensated land but  upon getting  the money from government, the Church breached its part of the  contract and now wants to pay 10% out of  the 48billion shillings received.
 Land Coin Ltd has since rejected the 10% offer from the church hence petitioning court for orders compelling the church to pay the full agreed percentage of 15 which is  7.3bn.

Bishop Luwalira’s attacker charged with three counts

Herbert Kaddu who is  charged with   threatening to attack the Bishop of Namirembe Diocese Rt Rev Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira as he was giving the 2018  Easter service has been pinned by an official of the church who intercepted him.
Wasswa Ruben Luwaga is the first prosecution witness and as the case commenced its trial today, he informed Mwanga 2 court grade one magistrate Julius Mwesigye  that on that fateful day of 1st April 2018, he saw Kaddu trying to interrupt the ongoing Easter service as he tried to jump to the alter and attack the Bishop while armed with a stick.
He narrated that the stand off lasted about 10 minutes as him and other officials from  church tried to arrest Kaddu who was also dressed in a bark cloth and the whole incident left everyone including the Bishop and the congregation in shock.
Prosecution also rendered in the alleged bark-cloth and stick in court as exhibits.
However, when Kaddu was given a chance by the magistrate to cross examine Luwaga,he turned it down saying he does not remember the events but the only memory he has is people trying to beat him as he explained in vain that he was mentally ill from Butabika hospital.
Kaddu has also informed court that the bark- cloth and the stick were given to him by his grandfather.
Hearing of  the case has further been adjourned to the 2nd of July.
34 year old Herbert Solomon Kaddu a Tour and travel driver and a  resident of Mackay Zone in Mengo Lubaga division was on the 4th of April charged with three  counts of disturbing religious assemblies and denied the charges.
He is charged with threatening violence by intending  to annoy or injure Bishop Luwalira  and Rev. Canon Benon Kityo ; the dean of Namirembe Diocese.
Meanwhile a police medical  report adduced in court also disputed claims by Kaddu’s family member in which they had claimed that he was mentally unstable but the report  instead declared him  sane and fit to stand trial.
Prosecution led Roselyn Kipora states that on 1st  of April 2017 during  an  Easter service at Namirembe  Cathedral,  Kaddu while armed with a stick and a sack cloth ,  threatened to attack Bishop Luwalira amidst the congregation .
The Bishop is said to have been  miraculously saved by a bar at the alter which trapped Kaddu  causing him to fall down and later whisked off by worshipers.

Bishop Kiganda urges government to involve clerics in implementation of projects

By Waswa Deo

Leaders of Born again Christians in Uganda are calling upon the government to begin involving them in plans of implementing some vital government projects especially those aiming at improving people’s livelihood.

Speaking to press, Bishop David Kiganda says once government consider them, as religious leaders, they have capacity to of meeting thousands of people on weekends and on daily basis, which is also a good platform to  sensitize and educate them  the benefits and advantages of taking part in such projects .

Bishop David Kiganda said this while addressing the media about  preparations for the 11th annual national prayer day and night organized at Nakivubo stadium on 31st, to pray for peace, unity in the country, pray for families especially those lost live in Kasese Attack among others.

Kiganda has also condemned the ongoing shootings of Moslem clerics for the wrong reasons.

Bishop Luwalira urges Christians to dress decently when going to church

Rt. Rev. Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira, the Bishop of Namirembe Diocese has cautioned Ugandans against domestic violence ahead of this year’s Christmas celebrations.

Delivering his Christmas message this morning at Namirembe Cathedral, Bishop Luwalira called on Christians to look up to Christ as a symbol of hope.

He also asked government to handle the security of Ugandans and their property with wise counsel and discernment.

Bishop Luwalira also decried the suffering of the business community due to heavy taxation and exorbitant loans.

Bishop Luwalira appealed to Christians to dress decently when going for church services.
He called on government and all those in authority to expedite the trial of those implicated for the murder of Muslim clerics.

 

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Uptown scribbler: I think that Prophet Mbonye pledge card was taken out of proportion

By Annah Nafula
Earlier this week, a photo of a pledge card from Prophet Mbonye’s church made rounds on social media, sparking a barrage of ruthless comments from Socialmusers (social media users).
A Lukiga phrase; Bashasha akajweka ente akarega, loosely translated as a sympathiser dressed a cow in a bra, teaches me to mind my own business. Giving a cow bra is not helping! No, it instead makes the sympathiser look stupid.

See unlike the Anglicans, Catholics and Moslems, the Pentecostals are in an era where they are trying to redeem themselves from a bad reputation. When I switched to Pentecostal Christianity more than a decade back, it was known as edini y’ebiwempe -religion of papyrus reeds. This name sprung up because at that time, the churches had poor physical structures, many made from papyrus reeds. By then I think going to heaven meant being actually poor and true to that, pastors and their wives were poor because they did not do anything else but preach and prep for sermons.

Fast forward, I think this has totally changed. Pastors now have jobs outside church. They have jobs both in the formal and informal sector. They are able to take care of themselves and their families before church comes in. The Christians are also in an era where they cannot afford to pray in Biwempe anymore. It is for that reason that many who haven’t acquired land are hiring space in nice hotels or other classy places. As soon as they acquire land they want to put up God-glorifying structures that will serve for generations. Now, nobody is going to bring that money to your face and tell you to build a church.The early churches, Catholics and Anglicans should be glad missionaries and their forefathers did that for them. If we Pentecostals are to do things that will benefit generations to come, we have to undertake the investment now.

It is suprising therefore that when such a pledge card leaks to the public people say pastors are extorting money from believers. We cannot rule out the fact that some do. However, it is wrong to judge people before knowing all the facts.

Before we even go after pastors whose sheep are willingly giving, why don’t we jump onto MPs who want to be buried in gold plated coffins imported from the US at the expense of tax payers? These same MPs then go blubbering that government is not taking care of local producers? Aren’t there coffin makers right behind Kikoni?

When I give in church, I give for my personal beliefs. I think many more Christians do the same. I think everyone who gives money in church gives it with good intentions. It could be tithe, offertory or whatever it is. It shouldn’t be our business to feel like they are being extorted because no one wants to be told they are having a little too much at the bar especially if they have the money. Let us cut the bashasha spirit.

Remember I am #justsaying! 🙂

 

Column returns next Wednesday