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Wednesday, 17 October 2012

As we hoard wealth, As we preach material prosperity, As we tell saints to eat the world, we should all know that we are here for a very short while…therefore our focus should be eternity… Grief as famous radio, TV talkshow host Buyondo Afrika Ddamulira passes on

Message to the born again saints 

For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:( 1 Peter 1: 24

If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. (Colossians 3:1-2)

Message to the unsaved( those still trapped in religion, witchcraft etc)

6 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.( John 3:16-19)

11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.( 1 John 5:11-12)

Buyondo Afrika Ddamulira

Grief as famous radio, TV talkshow host Buyondo Afrika Ddamulira passes on

By Martin Ssebuyira

Posted  Wednesday, October 17  2012 at  01:00

In Summary
In memory.Ddamulira, who, prior to the Independence Day had hosted a political show, passed away at Nakasero Hospital yesterday after suffering a blood clot.

The news of the death of renowned veteran journalist and the Christian-based Top Radio/television broadcaster Buyondo Afrika Ddamulira was yesterday received with shock across the media fraternity and the general public.

Ddamulira, 40, passed on at Nakasero Hospital yesterday at around 4pm after suffering a blood clot that affected his brain and lungs, hence causing system failure.
Many could not believe the death of a man who, last week, hosted his television political programme ahead of Independence Day celebrations.

“Breaking news; The management of Top Television/Radio regrets to announce to the general public that Ddamulira Africa - presenter Top TV/Radio has passed on. For more information call 0756122026,” read the scrolls on Top TV yesterday.

Pastor Franklin Mondo Mugisha of Empowerment Church and long time friend of Ddamulira, said that he met Buyondo recently who told him he had been involved in an accident some time back but said it had not affected him. “He cried of chest pain and headache the whole of last week until he collapsed while at his home in Nkumba on Wednesday,” he said.

 Buyondo Ddamulira at a talk show on Top Radio recently. PHOTO BY MARTIN SSEBUYIRA 

Mr Mugisha said he was rushed to Kisubi Hospital and later referred to Mulago but his health kept deteriorating. He later got assistance from the President’s office and ended up at Nakasero Hospital. He died upon arrival.

Pastor Mugisha described Buyondo as pro-people, very calm and a serious researcher.
Mr Richard Kyeyune, a former councillor in Makindye Division and longtime friend for Ddamulira, said he was very intelligent and one who could not easily be intimidated.
“On several occasions, he told people he hosted at the show to take care because he had young children to look after,” he said.

Born in 1972 to Mr and Ms John Ddamulira, Buyondo attended Golo Primary School, Kakoma Secondary School in Rakai and Institute for Technical Education Kyambogo. He started his journalism career at the Lipoota newspaper before joining Impact FM as a broad caster.

Munnamawulire wa Top Radio afudde

MUNNAMAWULIRE Buyondo Africa Ddamulira afiiridde mu ddwaaliro e Nakasero oluvannyuma lw’okulwalira ennaku ttaano.

Buyondo yatwaliddwa e Nakasero eggulo ng’aggyibwa e Mulago mu Waadi 6B akasenge 20 gye yatwalibwa ku Lwokusatu lwa wiiki ewedde wabula ng’embeera eyongera kubeera mbi.

Buyondo abadde akola pulogulaamu “Okwatibwako” ku Top Radio era Dustan Busuulwa abadde akola n’omugenzi yategeezezza nti bwe yalwadde ku Lwokusatu n’akeera mu ddwaliro e Kisubi bwe baalabye obulwadde bweyongera ne bamusindika e Mulago.

W’afiiridde nga yaakamala ekiseera kitono ng’aweereddwa pulogulaamu y’ebyobufuzi ku ttivvi y’omusumba Robert Kayanja eya Channel 44 ng’akyaza bannabyabufuzi.

 The late Bishop John Michael Mugerwa with his friend Vernom

Two American evangelists perish in Jinja accident

Publish Date: Oct 28, 2011

By Donald Kirya and Herbert Ssempogo

TWO American evangelists are among four people, who perished in a Thursday night accident along the Jinja-Iganga highway.

Dr. Reos Godzck, fellow citizen Leos Both and their hosts namely Bishop John Michael Mugerwa and Ronnie Ssebunya died after a trailer crashed their vehicle at Kakira at 7pm.

According to Jinja police spokesperson, Samsom Lubega, Paul, the driver of a Toyota Super Custom in which the deceased were, attempted to overtake two fuel tankers.

“As he overtook, he realized there was oncoming traffic so he decided to squeeze into a narrow gap between the two trailers,” Lubega stated.

Owing to humps on the road, the trailer in front reduced speed and Paul followed suit, Lubega said, adding that in the next few minutes, the trailer behind rammed into the Super Custom.

Godizic, Both, Mugerwa and Ssebunya died on the spot while Paul was rushed to hospital in Jinja. The police by Friday morning could not establish his state.

A fire brigade team from Jinja had to cut the wreckage to extract the bodies. The remains were taken to the city mortuary in Kampala.

From Phoenix, Arizona in US, the two Americans were here on the invitation of Mugerwa of Fast Assemblies Church located in Nkere zone, Katwe Makindye Division, Kampala.

Earlier in the day, they had attended a crusade for married couples in Namutumba district.
Saidi Nyogolo, the driver of the killer trailer disappeared but the police apprehended his colleague, Hamasi Kaizera. Kaizera disclosed that their vehicles contained jet fuel, which they were driving to Entebbe.

South Eastern traffic chief, Washington Labeja, who assessed the accident scene, attributed the crash to recklessness.

The vehicles were towed to Nalufenya police post traffic police continued investigating the tragedy continued. Accidents are among the leading causes of death in Uganda. Thousands of people perish in accidents annually.

Fare thee well, Bishop Mugerwa


Wednesday, 02 November 2011 20:52

Written by Carolyne Nakazibwe & Immaculate Wanyenze

A stroll down to Kikondo-Kizinda village, Katende last Saturday was like the annual Namugongo pilgrimage for Catholics.

Vehicles were packed to capacity and soon the soggy road became impassable. Tears and growls of pain were all one heard as A-plus Funeral Services wheeled in the casket bearing the remains of Bishop John Michael Mugerwa.

This was no ordinary burial; the who is who of Pentecostal clergy were there to lay to rest the remains of Mugerwa, 50, who last Thursday died in a road accident at Kakira on his way from a marriage conference in Namutumba. He perished with two of his American guests Dr Louis Scheie and another Ps. Louis, as well as an aide at his church Katwe Saints Gate Church, Ronnie Ssebunya.
A tent was erected in the Destiny Schools’ playground and the casket opened for public viewing. Mourners that included students from his ministry’s Destiny schools filed past the casket, many of them in tears. Some of the school children fainted, since the schools take in many orphans to whom he was ‘daddy’.

 A-plus Funeral directors prepare Bishop Mugerwa's body for public viewing

Only seven-year-old Ashraf Mwesigwa of Destiny Primary School stood brave, saying his ‘daddy’ would resurrect.

His widow Evah Mugerwa who wore black was understandably beside herself with grief. The couple that had been married more than 24 years was believing God for a biological child.

The chairman of the National Fellowship of Born-Again Christians, Apostle Alex Mitala, assured mourners that Mugerwa had died in Christ and the angels in heaven would gladly receive him. Hussein Kyanjo, the Makindye West MP, praised Mugerwa for being hardworking, as pastors, beneficiaries and his family eulogized him.

According to his website, Mugerwa was born in 1961 and gave his life to Christ in 1982, when he was still a car washer near the Crested Towers, after dropping out of school for lack of fees.

In 1984 he started Saints Gate church at Katwe, with just two women as the members of his congregation, although the church has since grown to hold hundreds of believers and impact a community largely affected by poverty, illiteracy and crime.

 The widow (L), Evah with her late husband have looked after over 600 children

They may have had no biological children, but Mugerwa and his wife have looked after at least 600 children and some have completed university and hold jobs. His love for children pushed him to establish the Destiny schools in Katende and he always expressed the wish that he be buried there.

Pauline Nansubuga whose children go to these schools says: “In case you could not afford fees, it was easy to approach Bishop and explain to him and he allowed you on condition that you bought your child books and other necessities.”

Probably since the road accident that claimed the life of Apostle Deo Balabyekkubo in 1995, no other death has shaken the Pentecostal faith the way Bishop Mugerwa’s passing did. Not that there have not been deaths in that time – oh, few can forget gospel artiste Paul Kim from First Love, who died earlier this year, or other servants of the Lord who have since gone to be with the Lord.

However, because of the magnitude of Mugerwa’s ministry – he was also overseer of 20 other affiliated churches – his demise has been the talk in Pentecostal churches and circles, this past week. Many remember Mugerwa from his popular Lighthouse TV teachings, Omukisa Gw’ekibuga (the city blessing), in which he taught viewers how to apply the word of God to tap into their blessing.

Others know him as the pastor who tried to restore the glory of marriage and gender roles. The bubbly, hilarious preacher was also a common figure at pulpits outside his Saints Gate church, using the different lunch hour fellowships in the city centre to reach more people with the gospel. As usual, one cannot stop oneself from wondering: did he in any way know the end was nigh?

During a conference at Pastor Imelda Namutebi’s Liberty Worship centre on October 22, the first public hint was dropped, although everyone seemed to miss it.

According to a Christian who attended the conference attended by many pastors, when it was closing, Namutebi called Mugerwa back to the pulpit and prayed for him, before telling him in Luganda: “The Lord is telling me to tell you that you are moving on, but with whom have you entrusted your chariots?”

It was assumed that the jolly pastor was taking his ministry to another nation, but certainly not dying. Similarly on October 2 at his church in Nkere Katwe, Mugerwa’s guest preacher Pastor Dr Joseph Sserwadda told the congregation during a sermon that was last week replayed on Impact FM, “…these are not my words, but words from He who commissioned us on this job.

 Sad times: Some of the many mourners that turned for burial

Pastor Mugerwa is moving on to a better level and I have come to anoint a pastor to replace him here. He may have started construction of this church, but he will not be around to preach in it. The next time you see me here, you will know that indeed a prophet was in your midst this day.”

A shocked Sserwadda later said on his Impact FM that he thought the message he delivered meant that Mugerwa was going to start a church elsewhere.

Well, like his brother, recording gospel artiste Joseph Ssegawa, sings in Tobulawo, we can only pray that his family and flock feel God’s presence and big hug during this challenging time.

 Mass prayer: Mourners praying for Mugerwa's soul


 Bishop John Michael Mugerwa has died in a motor accident

Remembering John Michael