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.



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

Churches benefited more from candidate’s donations during the campaigns -Report

By Alice Lubwama
2.4 trillion shillings was spent during the presidential and parliamentary race held in February 2016 elections indicates a new report released Thursday   by civil society organizations   Alliance for campaign finance monitoring and transparency international.
According to the report the ruling NRM party emerged the biggest spender at tune of 333 billion shillings followed by Independent contestants who invested 77.5 billion shillings.
FDC came third with total expenditure of 12 billion shillings, Go forward pressure group spent over8.2 billion shillings and candidates from the oldest parties DP AND UPC came last with only 1.7 billion shillings. National coordinator Alliance for campaign finance monitoring Henry Muguzi says the study was conducted in 74 constituents in 16 districts representing 14.4% of the whole country.  The report indicated that the churches benefited more from donations made by the candidates.

Church condemns Kadaga’s shrine visit

The Archbishop of Church of Uganda, Stanley Ntagali has condemned the Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga for visiting a shrine. “The Church of Uganda condemns syncretism and urges her Bishops and clergy to use this opportunity to proclaim the sufficiency of Christ crucified to meet all our needs, and to work pastorally with Christians to apply this glorious truth practically in their lives”, reads a statement from Ntagali.

Over the weekend, Kadaga visited a shrine on Nhyenda Hill, Nakigo Sub-county in Iganga District allegedly to thank the gods for helping her retain her position as speaker of parliament. Kadaga who is a parishioner at All Saints Cathedral, defended her visit to the shrine, saying she was visiting her ancestors on one hand and promoting tourism on the other.

But in his statement issued on Wednesday evening, Ntagali says the Church was confused by reports of Kadaga visiting her ancestral shrine to give thanks or her re-election. “Like many Ugandans, Christians in the Church of Uganda prayed for Hon. Rebecca Kadaga in her re-election campaign for MP and also for her election as Speaker of Parliament. We rejoiced when the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ opened both doors for her to serve the people of Uganda again”, reads part of the statement.

He appealed to all Christians in the Church of Uganda, especially those serving in prominent positions in government and businesses to live a life worthy of the calling they received and not to cause others stumble. Ntagali says that Christians are now challenged by the faithfulness, commitment, and witness of these youth as they approach the commemoration of the Uganda Martyrs.

He said that the willingness of the martyrs to renounce the world, the flesh and the devil is a model for how Christians should all understand living a life with a single-minded focus on Jesus as the only Savior and only Lord.  Kadaga is not the first high profile figure in the country to visit a shrine. In December 2004, then vice president, Professor Gilbert Bukenya raised uproar when he visited a shrine in Masaka District, saying he was praying for President Museveni to get a third term.


Enturire banned at church functions in Kigezi

Kigezi Diocese has banned the clergy from taking “Enturire”, a locally fermented drink produced from sorghum.

Enturire has been popular at church functions such as parties, weddings and birthdays since the Anglican clergy don’t consume any alcoholic brands.

Rt. Rev. George Bagamuhunda, the Bishop Kigezi diocese says the synod has condemned the consumption of the drink since it has become a challenge to the church.

He however, didn’t divulge details of what could have informed the decision of the synod to condemn drink. However, an Anglican priest who spoke to URN on condition of anonymity says they may not heed to the ban on the consumption of the drink.

He however, admits that some priests get intoxicated after taking the drink especially if it is fermented for long.

Making of Enturire.
Enturire is made from Sorghum, which is soaked for at least 24 hours. It is thereafter mixed with ash and kept for about three days before it is dried to become black sweet sorghum. Once the Sorghum is dry, it is grinded to make flour that is used for making ordinary porridge known as (Bushera).

The Bushera is left to ferment for three days before it is mixed with honey. After the three days the Bushera is mixed with unfiltered honey (honey with the wax) and kept for between 3-5days days before it is ready for consumption. Enturire doesn’t require any alcohol as the more days it spends, the more potent it becomes.