By Beatrice Adokurach Pimer
HICGI News Agency
Close to 50,000 Pastors from several Born Again Fraternities around Uganda gathered at MTN Arena, Lugogo on Monday 23rd September 2019, to listen to Uganda’s long serving President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
The “old” man with a hat who arrived at noon dressed in a yellow (Party Colour) shirt and black trouser was over whelmed by multitudes of pastors- Televangelist Robert Kayanja and his team mobilized.
Museveni began his address to Pastors with an apology for the limited time he was to stay due to the by- election for National Resistance Movement – NRM Parliamentary candidate he was heading to in Hoima, Bunyoro after skipping a weekly Cabinet meeting.
The Head of State told pastors to call upon God whenever they are going through challenges and difficult times.
Museveni disclosed that he sought God’s guidance at the time when a death warrant of President Amin ex-Minister Chris Lwakasisi was presented to him to be signed. “I paused a while, moved in my office and asked God what I should do; I felt something telling me to pardon this man, something I did.” Museveni confessed.
He however rebuked Christians who during day are believers yet in the night practice witchcraft.
Museveni continued to share his journey as a leader of scripture union way back as a young man at Ntale Secondary School, Western Uganda until he embarked on a new call as a freedom fighter to becoming president.
During the gathering Museveni responded to Kayanja’s earlier concern for clarity on Hon Rev Fr. Simon Lokodo Minister of Ethics & Integrity proposed policy to regulate Pastors by requiring them to have mandatory training which he referred to a small matter and promised to handle it in the upcoming meeting with Pastors.
He quoted scriptures and pointed out Simon Peter who was a fisher man with no qualifications but called by Jesus to minister.
Museveni astonished men of God when he divulged dining secrets, ” I do not eat Bread because am not a European and I do not eat Rice because I am not Asian,” He said.
“Thought of bringing you some cows for slaughter in this gathering from my farm,” He added. Instead he handed over unknown sum of money for pastors.
Kayanja struggled to tell him after his speech that Born-again needed a National Day too instead it wasn’t captured as the president seemed to be walking away.
Born Again Federation Presiding Apostle Dr. Joseph Sserwadda who sits on Inter Religious Council of Uganda alongside Bishop Joshua Lwere present in this gathering did not speak but HICGI News Agency has confirmed the duo presenting separate documents to Gen Museveni while he moved out.
This is not the first time Museveni is engaging Born Again Pastors on several issues; analysts however allege that this is a political move aimed at winning their votes since majority are loyal cadres.
On 06th August 2016, Kivumbi Earnest Benjamin former Kampala Central MP Aspirant and currently President of Heal The Planet Global Organisation – HTP in Special Consultative Status with United Nations, organized 1st Top 100 Uganda Pastors’ Retreat at J & M Hotel, Bwebajja and invited President Museveni. In his speech read by Tourism, Wildlife & Antiquities Minister Hon Prof Ephraim Kamuntu, Museveni said pastors play a great role in transforming the nation.. Read full Speech here… https://hicginewsagency.com/2016/08/17/full-speech-of-h-e-yoweri-kaguta-museveni-president-of-the-republic-of-uganda-at-the-1st-uganda-top-100-pastors-retreat-jm-hotel-entebbe-06th-august-2016/
Museveni at that time donated 10 million Uganda shillings to contribute to the arrangements.
Now focusing on this concluded meeting at MTN Arena, there mixed reactions amongst pastors and this is evidenced on current talks and tone on several Christian FM stations of pastors.