Written by Alfred OchwoAfter decades of publicly skirting
around the thorny issue of eccentric individuals with strange doctrines
operating in the guise of being Pentecostal pastors and prophets,
Ugandan balokole represented by hundreds of their pastors and leaders
have made their biggest statement yet.
On October 12, pastors representing their four biggest national
unions held a conference dubbed ‘The Campaign To Revive Uganda’ at
Christian Life Church, Makerere Kavule. The conference had one major
item on its agenda: to dissociate the Pentecostal faith from false
prophets that have penetrated it.
After the conference, the pastors
represented by the National Fellowship of Born-Again Pentecostal
Churches (NFBAPC), the Born-Again Faith Federation (BAFFE), Evangelical
Fellowship of Uganda (EFU) and Miracle Centre Cathedrals (MCC) signed a
petition denouncing Prophet Samuel Kakande of Synagogue Church of All
Nations at Mulago Ku Bbiri, Pastor Augustine Yiga of Revival Christian
Church Kawaala and Brother Ronnie Makabai of ETM.
The pastors also urged government to
start criminal investigations into some of the three men’s practices
after several former followers, senior ministers and even relatives
testified about occult practices, extortion, human sacrifice, rape and
intimidation allegedly taking place.
Pastor Jackson Ssenyonga of Christian Life Church, who is
spearheading the campaign, signed the petition together with Pr Joshua
Lwere (overseer NFBAPC), Pr Joseph Sserwadda (presiding apostle, BAFFE),
Bishop Peter Enyau (overseer, EFU) and Pr Robert Kayanja (overseer,
The conference drew renowned evangelists
including Bishop Daniel Waddimba, Apostle John Bunjo, Pastor Michael
Kimuli, Apostle Charles Tumwine and more than 500 pastors from across
Pentecostal pastors have for long complained about the doctrines the
three denounced men operate under, including selling at exorbitant
prices ‘miracle-inducing items’ such as apples, necklaces, rings, rice,
calendars and prayers, as well as stage-managing miracles to attract
Ssenyonga has since 2017 started been hosting daily prayer and
deliverance sessions code-named P5 (prayer, praise, power, prosperity
and permanent miracles).
And what started out as a normal revivalist crusade began drawing in
distressed people seeking deliverance prayers for the hair-raising
problems they encountered after visiting the denounced three men’s
places of worship.
Talk of serpents in the churches, witchdoctor collaborations, deep
Satanism and even rape, became the order of the day at P5, with
broadcasts live on Top TV and Top radio.
Other churches, including Kayanja’s Miracle Centre Cathedral and
their 77 Days of Glory (77DOGs) crusades, and others started registering
similar complaints about the three churches and their affiliates
“We the undersigned servants of God, pastors and Bishops representing
the majority body of Christ in Uganda, sitting at Christian Life Church
in Kampala, have for long observed the actions and activities of the
above pastors and found that they totally contravene, contradict and
falsify the teachings of the Holy Bible and the Christian church,”
Ssenyonga read from the petition.
“The reason as to why we have formed this campaign is that we have
received overwhelming grievances and evidence from hundreds of people
who have fallen victim and have witnessed these horrendous activities
Ssenyonga said the men masquerade and camouflage as Bible teachers on
the surface with a soft-spoken approach, yet some even invoke spirits
of the dead, manipulate scripture, worship snakes, destroy marriages,
“and we are ready to testify”.
“As full representatives of the born-again body of Christ,
Spirit-filled, representing over 70,000 churches across the nation, we
do hereby alert the nation and declare the said persons and their
associate branches and affiliates are not part of us,” Ssenyonga stated.
Apostle Tumwine said abject poverty will make people believe anything and easily get charmed by false prophets and diviners.
The Observer’s efforts to reach all three accused pastors for their side of the story were futile.
Yiga kept cancelling this reporter’s calls, while Makabai’s
assistant, one Stella, declined to comment on behalf of the flamboyant
ETM leader and instead invited the writer to their church.
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Written by BAKER BATTELast Friday’s arrest of Pastor Augustine
Yiga of the Revival Church Kawaala for alleged rape became the latest
outrage in a growing tale of scandal and debauchery now rocking the
born-again Christian community.
Revelations about how steeped in sin some of the pastors have become
has since prompted one crusading purist in the community to call for a
full-fledged inquiry into the immorality threatening the church’s very
The alleged rape of one Angella Ainembabazi also got the same purist
to demand sterner police action against Yiga. A few years ago, Yiga was
dragged to police by another woman who also claimed he had raped,
impregnated and infected her with HIV.
In these circumstances, Pastor Solomon
Male of the National Committee on Cults and False Teachings in Uganda
criticized the decision to release him on police bond. Yiga’s latest
run-in with the law draws from a purported 2014 incident in which
Ainembabazi claims that the colourful pastor raped her in the prayer
room, leading to pregnancy and subsequent child abandonment.
She had entered the room to seek spiritual redemption and financial
breakthrough to cater for her siblings. They were orphans, the
distraught woman said, while pointing out that she was only 15 years old
at the time.
Yiga’s lawyer Evans Ochieng told URN that his client was granted
police bond at around 7:30pm on Monday. He was instructed to report to
Kawempe police station on February 18.
Now, Pastor Male thinks police’s actions were just a public relations stunt to calm President Museveni down.Recently,
the president angrily called out some ‘pastors’ whom he said have
misled Ugandans with their dubious ‘prosperity gospel’ teachings – a
fallacy which he implied has undermined government’s wealth creation
Male told The Observer yesterday that he had thought the
arrest of Yiga would be the beginning of a proper cleaning-up of the
mess in the born-again community. The community has in recent months
been riddled with reports of extortion, phantom miracles, murder, rape
and witchcraft, among other shocking forms of wickedness.
“I’m not yet satisfied that government is indeed serious about
investigating pastors who are involved in crimes because as we talk now,
Yiga is out on police bond, not on court bail,” he said.
“Police bond means that investigations are still going on but they
have not yet found evidence to pin him. On the other hand, court bail
means that there is evidence to prosecute somebody but because of the
time lag between prosecution and delivering judgement you allow him to
be free because he is presumed innocent until proven guilty,” Male
On Saturday, some followers of Yiga stormed Kawempe police station
demanding that their man be released. They claimed that the accusations
against him were just machinations of his detractors.
They were not alone. There are many other people who believe that the
infighting among pastors for supremacy explains the ongoing
mudslinging, accusations and counter accusations of devilishness amongst
and between rival ‘men of God’.
Male confirms that the Pentecostal Church has been infiltrated and overran by conmen passing themselves off as pastors.
“Police is moving against Yiga, but not an inch against others like …
(names withheld). They are all miracle fakers and fraudsters. [They]
have even been accused of raping their flock and sodomizing boys. Many
people are crying because of their actions. But despite the existence of
irrefutable evidence, none of these people has been prosecuted,” Male
He added that to make matters worse, many of those accused enjoy state security protection.
“The police want to be seen to be working yet all these criminals
have been protected by the system. All of them have either military or
police protection; so, I’m not amused but saddened. These people are
fleecing desperate people who run to churches thinking that they will
get solace,” Male said.
He adds that if government is serious about fighting crime in the church, it should set up a judicial commission of inquiry.
“People should be encouraged to come out and give evidence because we
are dealing with people who are very powerful and connected. This
commission should have powers to determine cases and prefer charges.
These bafere [conmen] in church are not different from witchdoctors,”
Police, however, announced Monday that it launched investigations
into complaints against 20 pastors, accused of ritual murders,
possession of mass graves, rape defilement and extortion. Police sources
said the investigation is based on intelligence and preliminary
evidence gathered. Two pastors are also said to have volunteered
Wine is singing about injustices in Uganda- Pastor Male
Singer-turned-politician Bobi Wine
has recently come under fire by some Pentecostal pastors over his new song
Tuliyambala Engule which has in a way become the anthem of the People Power
Most recently, Pastor Joseph Serwadda
of Victory Christian Church, warned Bobi Wine against using God’s property in
The song that features other local
musicians like Pastor Wilson Bugembe, King Saha, Irene Ntale, Nubian Lee,
Ronald Mayinja, Dr Hilderman is derived from a Christian hymn.
However Pastor Solomon Male has
defended the singer saying that there is no evil in singing about the
challenges people face.
In an interview with NBS television
this morning, Pastor Male said the song is rallying Ugandans for patriotism,
and not evil.
“When Bobi Wine sings a song, when
does it become evil? Bobi Wine is singing about the injustices we have in this
country. ‘Engule’ resonates with the challenges people face, murders, health
care issues, injustices. Is he the first one to sing, what sin has he
“He’s rallying people behind the
cause. The bible mandates us to advocate for the weak and oppressed. We see
politicians on a day to day basis quoting scriptures to drive their point home,
why can’t Bobi Wine do the same?” he wondered.