Parliamentary Forum on Ethics and Integrity has condemned the ban on
street preaching by Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA).
James Buturo Nsaba, the chairman of the forum says that the ban
contradicts the Bible which guides Christians to 'go out and spread the
word of Christ among nations.'
He says that the scripture cannot
be subjected to man-made regulations adding that by plotting to ban
street preaching, KCCA is manifesting into an agent of Satan.
the former minister of Ethics and Integrity and a born-again Christian
says that street preaching is essential in touching lives of people who
may not have time to attend church but also in shaping the morality of
His comments follow a notice in which
KCCA announced a ban on street preaching. In the notice, KCCA said that
it had noted an increase in unapproved activities such as street
trading, street preaching, pasting of posters and banners and mobile
advertising screens and loudspeakers among others.
street preachers are usually stationed at busy junctions in Kampala,
mostly around streetlights, reading and interpreting verses from the
bible to passers-by.
They have no specific time for their
activity with some seen on the streets as early as 7am, all through the
day. Lately the preachers started carrying megaphones and portable
pulpits to add hue to the trade.
However, KCCA says their
activities are illegal and that operations would soon start to arrest
and prosecute them in line with the KCCA Maintenance of Law and Order
But Buturo says KCCA should halt the plan and
instead regulate the way in which the preachers spread their word, as
some of them are seen to go hard on their congregation on taxis. He adds
that Uganda cannot turn itself into a godless country that can ban the
gospel with ease.
Buturo also condemned the alleged destruction
of Bibles that are alleged to be heavily edited and deceptive. The
Bibles were reportedly burnt on the orders of House of Prayer Ministries
lead pastor, Aloysius Bugingo, on grounds that they were had been
tampered with and some verses omitted.
He pointed out that lines in the version
of the Bible that make reference to fasting in lent were erased and
that the word ‘Holy Ghost’ is used in the Bible 99 times replacing the
word ‘Holy Spirit’ which appears only seven times.
The Holy Books
included Good News and King James versions of the Bible. On Saturday,
Bugingo denied the allegations. Buturo says the act of burning the Bible
is sinful and calls for an apology.