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Witchcraft allegations divide Balokole

Sunday Vision
Apr. 17, 2006
Apollo Mubiru • Monday April 17, 2006

Pastors in Kawempe Division in Kampala have denounced some Pentecostal churches in the area, which they accuse of practising witchcraft, extortion and worshipping the dead, among other evils.

They have also castigated pastors who have more than one wife, contrary to Bible teaching.

The pastors, who addressed a joint press conference at the National Theatre in Kampala on Friday, fall under the umbrella of Kawempe Division Fellowship led by Pastor Mark Wamala of Grace Assembly Church, Mpererwe.

They have threatened to expose the deviant pastors and their churches unless they change their ways.

We are denouncing such churches and we want to say categorically that they are not part of our fellowship. These churches are not more than five. We dont want to axe them at this early stage but if their leaders dont repent, we shall be forced to expose them, Wamala said.

The 13 pastors who represented over 130 born again churches in Kawempe Division were Joseph Nsubuga of Eden Revival Church Kamwokya, Edward Matovu of Life Christian Church, Olive Gidudu of Rock of Ages on Mawanda Road, Ivan Yiga of Christine Life Church and Joshua Murefu of Bwaise Evangelical Church. Others include James Ebayu, Kampala Open Bible Church, Christopher Lwasa of Ebenezer Gospel at Kazo, Isaac Mbijiwe of Kampala Liberty Mission Center, Ben Kisembo of Gospel Outreach on Mawanda Road and Nehemiah Bamutiire.

Bamutiire said, There are pastors who extort money from their followers in the name of performing miracles. There are others who use objects like banana leaves to perform miracles. That is witchcraft.

Bamutiire said some pastors tell their followers to pray in the names of the dead for blessings. Some of these pastors tell their followers to go to a well-known stream in that area and draw water so that their businesses may prosper, he added.

Bamutiire claimed that some pastors buy items cheaply and sell them to their followers at exorbitant prices with the assurance that such items will bring them blessings. A pastor can buy a pineapple at sh1,000 and sell it to his followers at sh10,000. That is extortion. Jesus never performed any miracle for a fee, Bamutiire said.

Nsubuga said the use of water to bless or curse anybody is witchcraft.

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