“Church and State are not competitors but each plays complementary roles…”
By Nelly Otto
Kaliro – February 3, 2022: The leadership of the Universal Apostles Fellowship Church of Righteousness (UAFCR) has described as malicious and baseless the widespread allegations that the Church is engaged in subversive activities.
“…the government under President Museveni has all it takes to detect and uproot all forms of rebel or criminal activities and the different agencies would have swung in action against us…” State Minister for Bunyoro Affairs, Jennifer Kacha Namuyangu clarified.
Namuyangu who is also the Woman MP for Kibuku district has asked followers and leaders of the indigenous Pentecostal Church not to lose sleep over what she termed as “forces of negativity”.
Speaking during the ceremonial launch of Covid-19 vaccination held at Kirama Primary School, Namwiwa Sub-county in Kaliro where officials from the Ministry of Health and local government also attended, Namuyangu implored residents to take up the free jabs.
The minister who is also a born again member affiliated to UAFCR told the enthusiastic congregation that the government could consider coming out with a law which bars non-vaccinated people from accessing public facilities.
“You will not be allowed access to health centers or hospitals, government offices and public transport and foras, among others unless you present a vaccination card…” Namuyangu said.
The head of UAFCR, Prophet David Fred Isanga assured the government of continued partnership, saying the State and Church are not competitors but each plays complementary roles.
Isanga disclosed that the Church has more than 3,000 branches countrywide where socio-economic activities and programmes are in progress besides spiritual empowerment.
“We do not use propaganda, sentiments and lies to dupe followers like is the case with some denominations, we are practical and genuine in whatever we do to honor God,” the soft speaking Isanga said.
A number of high profile personalities including the High Court Judge Justice Godfrey Namundu and his wife, Kaliro LC5 chairman Elijah Kagoda, the Kaliro Assistant DHO Hellen Nabagereka Mukwaya and Dr Daniel Achoda from the Ministry of Health headquarters, among others attended.
Nabageraka who represented her boss Dr Allan Katamba commended Prophet Isanga for the initiative of mobilizing followers to take up the jabs in support of the government programme.
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She described Isanga as “a true spiritual leader who values and promotes the general welfare of his people” unlike others who confuse followers with wrong messages to undermine our efforts, the newly- wedded Nabageraka said.
On his part, Kagoda assured the Church leadership of a good working relationship, saying their efforts are aimed at stimulating socio-economic transformation in the district.
“We shall be sharing a lot of information with you in a bid to mobilize our people towards growth and development so that Kaliro district becomes a role model in all aspects.”
Dr Achoda in a brief remark also heaped praises on Prophet Isanga for being foresighted; adding that the Ministry of Health has dispatched 27,181 doses of Johnson and Johnson vaccines for Kaliro.
During the daylong well-attended ceremony which started with a Church service many followers, especially the youth gave testimonies of how their lives have changed over the years, courtesy of Prophet Isanga.
They handed over documents of two multi-million residential buildings in Jinja and Kampala bought for the Prophet, saying, “It is a token of appreciation for his benevolent support over years.”