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FULL STATEMENT: We Do Not Condone Violence, And The Shedding Of Innocent Blood To Achieve Political Objectives – Phaneroo Refuses To Apologise To Bobi Wine

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Lugogo based Phaneroo ministries have refused to apologise for the innuendo filled attack on Kyadondo East legislator Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu by one of their senior pastor Grace Lubega.
In a statement released by their public relations office, phaneroo insist that they do not condone violence, and the shedding of innocent blood to achieve political objectives .
Below is their full statement..
We take this opportunity to write to those we owe an accountability to and those who seek to know the truth pertaining the recent and ongoing attacks, and false accusations on Phaneroo ministries and the person of Apostle Grace Lubega.
The public has been given the impression that the ministry is fighting some political individuals and siding with others.
As a ministry, we owe it to the moral conscience of our nation to clarify on this matter for the purpose of setting the record straight because this deliberate attack is terribly contrary to our convictions, integrity, moral code, ethics and values.
On 6th September 2018 Apostle Grace Lubega, in a Phaneroo sermon on the critical issue of inheritance and the birth right addressed believers on their responsibility to not only pray for their nation but also take up critical offices for the noble purpose of Godly leadership.
It was spoken in a spirit of love, and humility without necessarily finding fault with one or blaming another.
However, like all information, there is no control of what one could make it say or imply, and for such we find ourselves in circumstances of being misunderstood.
In making this statement, we are cognisant of the sensitivity of the issues at hand, the volatile political atmosphere of our nation and the strong undercurrents that are driving the issues in contention.
We deeply respect the inherent human right of freedom of speech of all peoples and that the same ought to be exercised with wisdom, responsibility and a sense of accountability to the conscience of the wider society in which we live.
And thus we state these facts.
1. A video clip of the service was created out of context by propagandists and posted on social media. This short video clip was not prepared or sent by Phaneroo ministries, and neither exists on any of our media platforms.
This was done by some unknown individuals, who for their personal motives intentionally cut out of a full sermon, what worked for their benefit.
The clip has been used to provoke harsh sentiments, propagate misunderstandings and discredit some political individuals and thus the ministry and its Vision Bearer.
2. Secondly, we wish to pronounce that as a ministry we are non-partisan and have no political agenda or interest. We are neither for the present establishment nor for any anti-establishment— we are for and of God.
We do not condone violence, and the shedding of innocent blood to achieve political objectives. Neither do we judge any man for we are not God, and if this was the impression given, we choose to turn the right cheek and apologise for that.
Our gospel is of peace, love, forgiveness and reconciliation.
3. The message was not in any way meant as an attack on any specific individual as was implied, it sought to emphasise the fact that the heart of any leader who pursues any office should seek divine wisdom and purpose, not just ride on emotions.
Getting emotional happens to all men whether for or against any idea, but at the end of the day we hope beyond pain and find answers. Hence, the call by the man of God, for Christians to pray for this land.
We do not in any way undermine the sentiments of those that believe that our nation deserves positive progress, but we are also aware that this can only be by the hand of God.
It is this very deep sense of responsibility that informs the context of the sermon from which the video clip was extracted.
The message of this particular sermon was on the principles by which one builds a legacy; the importance of what you live IN your children over what you live FOR your children (Proverbs 13:22); the infallible truth that Christ, who is called the First Born is our standard and that by Him, Christians have been made partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light (Colossians 1:12).
Ultimately, the very gist of it is that the true and sincere Christian believer has a greater advantage if elevated to any position of responsibility because of God’s grace at work in them.
It is from this very context that Apostle Grace Lubega strongly emphasised the need for any leader to have a genuine personal relationship with God.
Like he vehemently pronounced, “God give us Godly leaders in this nation, Men and women who fear your name. Men and women who bow to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. People who understand their responsibility.”
In a world vying for liberalisations that water down the fundamentals of authentic Christian belief and the principles by which stable cultures ought to exist, it is important that the Church of Christ pledge to prayer, truth and love. History should never judge us for silence in the times when we had the choice to speak, only God will judge our hearts and know we were not against men and that we loved our country.
We commit to continue to preach truth with the great mandate of drawing the lost to Christ with God as our aide and guide.
We choose to forgive those that were quick to judge without asking the right questions, and those who used our ministry to further their personal objectives.
We continue to pray for our land and believe for Godly wisdom and direction.
Our future is in God’s hand and with His mercy, this nation shall soar towards greatness.
God bless Uganda.
Phaneroo Public Relations Office

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Leave Politics If You Don’t Want To Lose Your Talents – Pastor Ronnie Makabai Warns Musicians

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Senior pastor of Evangelical Truth Ministries (ETM) and founder of the church’s partner media outlets, Brother Ronnie Makabai has once again prophesied doom for musicians who have decided to join politics.

The man of God, who was recently in court in land related scandals said, “I don’t want to interfere in what isn’t my business but it’s wise to keep on your track, many artists are going to lose their talents, unless it’s your calling, no problem, but if it’s not, please don’t bother you are going to lose. It doesn’t mean that if you are so popular, that’s when you’re going to get leadership, you can be popular and you fail to get leadership, they can only talk about you but its only God who determines leadership and If what I say is true, it means I am true,’’ brother Ronnie told believers who conregated at Holy City church in Bwerenga in Katabi town council, Wakiso District, in his Good Friday message.

As the country gears up for the 2021 elections, many musicians have already declared their interest to stand in various constituencies. Among them include Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu alias Bobi Wine, who has declared his intentions to stand for presidency, Jose Chameleone, who wants to stand as Lord Mayor, Godfrey Lutaaya, Ronald Mayinja, Dr. Hilderman, Khalifah Aganaga, Victor Kamenyo, Eddie Yawe, Full Figure, among others.

Brother Ronnie also advised politicians to hand themselves to God, “if politicians don’t hand themselves into God’s hands, they will face hard times because politics will become difficult for them and they will lose their political career. In 2018, as the year was ending, I prophesied that 2019 may be a tough year for Sudan’s president Omar al Bashir and that he might not finish it, as I speak right now, he under detention, therefore if politicians don’t come back to God many will face it rough.”

When asked about Uganda, Brother Ronnie only gave a sneak peep, saying he knows who is going to be the next president but did not indulge into the details.

“I don’t want to scare you. I can even tell you the month! As a country all we need is peace and we should pray for our country,” he stated.

By Doreen Menezer

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I Am Too Poor, I Cannot Pay You: City Pastor Kiganda Fires The Entire Newsroom At Kingdom TV After Bitter Staff Tasked Him To Pay Their 3 Months Salary Arears

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Kisenyi based Christianity Focus Centre senior pastor, Livingstone David Kiganda has declared himself the poorest media owner and fired the entire newsroom at his Kingdom Television.

On Friday, pastor Kiganda summoned the entire newsroom staff and told them that he can no longer afford them on his TV.

“My friends, I can no longer afford you. I am pleading with you to look for other places of work. I do appreciate all effort you added onto my television station,” Kiganda broke the sad news to his employees, according to former worker who attended the meetings.

One of the staff asked Kiganda to first pay their arrears of the last three months, they also asked him for an explanation on why he didn’t inform them early enough that he was going to fire them so that they prepare themselves.

Kiganda explained to them that he was expecting some money from a big government officer but unfortunately, he let him down and now he doesn’t have any alternative apart from firing them. The furious staff stormed out of the meeting. Kingdom TV is not the first television to fire the newsroom department, New Vision based Urban TV fired the whole newsroom recently.

By Jamil Lutakome

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LETTER: Pope Cancels Second Visit To Uganda

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Pope Francis has canceled his second visit to Uganda. In a letter signed by the Uganda Episcopal Conference Secretary General Msgr. John B. Kauta, the Pope will not grace the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) as earlier communicated.

“The office of the President of Uganda has officially communicated to the Ugandan Episcopal Conference that the Holy Father will not be able to attend the symposium,” reads in part the statement by Mgr. Kauta.

The SECAM came into existence after a meeting by African bishops in 1969 in Kampala, following a resolution by the Vatican Council to have a structure that would bring together Catholic Churches in Kampala and Pope Paul VI presided over its inauguration.

Pope Francis last visited Uganda in November 2015, therefore his visit was going to be a big occasion as over 400 Bishops are set to gather to mark 50 years of SECAM.

The Uganda Episcopal Conference has however in the statement said the 50-year celebrations will continue as scheduled, and will take place at Uganda Martyrs Catholic Shrine in Namugongo despite the Pope’s absence.

Below is the letter:




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