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INTERVIEW: Pastor Bujjingo Opens Up On Makula’s Maternal Status, Their Wedding Plans And Reopening Of Canaan Land…

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Pastor Aloysious Bujjingo and Suzan Makula

Pastor Aloysius Bujjingo the founder and lead pastor of House of Prayer Ministries International (HPMI) located at Makerere, Kikoni has cleared the air on reopening Canaanland and his relationship with Suzan Makula.

In an extensive exclusive conversation with theGrapevine’s Joel Wansaale and Hope B. Nabulime at his Salt Media office in Lungujja, Rubaga Division, Bujjingo expressed his dissatisfaction with fellow pastors and churches that have resolved to holding multiple services to accommodate the maximum 70 congregants as directied by the government on places of worship.

He likened them to taxi drivers who hastily take multiple trips and over speed terribly in a bid to earn quick money from more trips. He noted that God can’t be allocated time on appointment basis.

Bujjingo also cleared the air on rumours that his wife to be Suzan Makula is pregnant and will soon give birth. Below is his interview…

THE GRAPEVINE: Are you contented with the government’s directive to allow only 70 congregants for each church service?

BUJJINGO: I’m only glad and grateful for the official opening, but I’m bothered by the fact that we can’t peacefully operate like we normally used to. At Canaanland, we brought in experts who measured and established that there’s 4,000 meters in each 1 acre. This implies that we can accommodate up to 2,000 congregants sitting 2 meters apart. But we had resolved that we would facilitate only 1,000 people on the 4000 acres to allow every individual ample space of 3 meters to grant them the freedom to dance if they wish to. We have a total of 8.5 acres whereby we had reserved the half an acre strictly for parking, and we were ready to execute our plans accordingly. Our president only did what he can, now it’s upon us to pray to our God to free us from this COVID19 catastrophe.

However, the President should revisit his directive on the regulation that provides for a maximum of 70 congregants and at least allow every place of worship to accommodate a number that fits their place provided there’s observation of social distancing.

We stopped going to Canaanland on the 18th day of March this year, unlike our counterparts who defiantly stayed on the pulpit against the presidential directive. For 6 months now, I’ve been in the studio effectively serving my God and His people, on radio and TV, and that has somehow kept me away from unnecessary ranting. At Canaanland, we have over 100 ground employees who include; praise and worship team, ushers, elders, among other servants of the Lord. We can’t go back to Canaan as that would falsely represent a sense of dictate selfishness. I highly doubt if those churches which have already opened are observing the guidelines set by MoH. Caution is very vital. Read Romans 8:14, it says, those who are led by the soul are the children of God. Such issues call for equity more than equality, now who, and how are you going to send away a believer that fails to make the first 70. We are self meditating and praying that the president heeds and addresses our outcry. We should be allowed to facilitate congregants depending on the physical set up of the worship center, My church is an open space fellowship center that the MoH advocates for.

Pastor Bujjingo speaking to theGrapevine

THE GRAPEVINE: How appropriate do you find the fact that some pastors are holding up to 7 services a single day in a bid to accommodate more congregants?

BUJJINGO: I find such an effort laughable, I can relate such a desperate approach to worship to a business setting where the founder or owner targets more customers to mint more money. Like I’ve said, such church leaders are so similar to taxi drivers who recklessly over speed bidding to complete multiple trips to get more money. I believe holding multiple services is not part of my calling, one for me is just enough. Some of those so called pastors are not in church ministry to serve the Lord but to siphon money from their followers. Because, if you really believe that it’s God who provides for everything, you can’t demean him to that level. It is a total disgrace to compute time for your Almighty God as a shepherd, your sheep gain nothing as a result.

THE GRAPEVINE: When can a believer expect to return to Canaan?

BUJJINGO: Until the latest directive on places of worship is revised for us to facilitate a number of congregants we can accommodate in our space, Canaan will remain closed because opening it now unjustly contradicts our soul covenant. For now, we shall fully utilise SALT MEDIA because it is unlimitedly accessible to multitudes at any time, and God is everywhere. God surely cherishes fellowship but we also have to have to terms with the fact that it’s not so possible at the moment.

THE GRAPEVINE: What is the most appropriate and convenient directive the government should’ve imposed on reopening of churches?

BUJJINGO: I would prefer to reserve my opinion to myself, because I’m neither a scientist, nor a government advisor, but if my view was to be taken for relevance, I would advise that the government provides for every worship place to allow a number they can accommodate, providing there’s observation of social distancing and other SOPs.

THE GRAPEVINE: How true is the allegation that some pastors will only allow the “biggest tithers” among the selected 70 to congregate?

BUJJINGO: First of all, such pastors are an embarrassment to all of us, at House Of Prayer Ministries, I am also a servant like any other, and how do I start sidelining my fellow servant in the house of the Lord? The other pastors and churches can do it, but they’ll be accountable for it in the eyes of the Lord. And if it’s not written anywhere in the scriptures, we shall abide by it, because we can’t encourage and promote segregation. God himself said it that not whoever calls him Lord will not enter heaven, many people more so religious leaders capitalise on using God’s name for their own personal gains. We are trapped in an era where people talk about the God they don’t really know, because they don’t glorify his mighty power anymore.

It’s shameful to learn that a group of various religious leaders submitted the idea of allowing only a maximum of 70 congregants to the Inter Religious Council which also upon assessment with the task force resolved to it. They will however come to realise it now that we shall not go by such disrespectful ideas.

THE GRAPEVINE: God is everywhere, would you recommend that your fellow pastors who are holding up to 7 services a day to emulate you to advocate for everyone praying at their homes?

BUJJINGO: Yes, we’re all servants of the Lord, but we’re still not as equally equipped to efficiently enable that possibility. We have our SALT MEDIA where we don’t have to pay for air time. And we’re only grateful to God that we’re that blessed, and our gospel traverses throughout. But determined servants of the Lord will stop at nothing, let them utilise social media platforms like they’ve been doing.

THE GRAPEVINE: Did the Inter Religious Council consult from you for your views?

BUJJINGO: That’s not possible because we’re not even their members, you can’t integrate a Christian with other faiths they abandoned. That’s like contradicting myself to go back to partially subscribe to ideologies I don’t really believe in. The Bible states that if you become born again, you become a new creature, they (Inter Religious Council) don’t have to consult us about anything.

THE GRAPEVINE: Have you as worship houses with a large accommodation capacity made any formal request to be allowed to congregate according to your significantly substantial dimension like Canaan land is?

BUJJINGO: If the president uses telecommunication to pass on a message, we in reciprocation reply using the same means to express our dissatisfaction.

THE GRAPEVINE: Hasn’t the outbreak of COVID19 somehow retaliated the construction progress of Pentagon, the house of the Lord?

BUJJINGO: No! Not at all, the work of the Lord can never be restrained by anything, or anyone. There’s no hindrance, but only progress. We serve a living God, he can’t let us down. Disregard any reports that the construction process is stagnant.

THE GRAPEVINE: How are you and your better half Suzan Makula?

BUJJINGO: We thank God who has given us the Grace to live well. We’re both fine.

THE GRAPEVINE: But there have been alleged reports making rounds that you are currently conflicting.

BUJJINGO: Disregard such reports, because me and Makula are just fine, and so deep in love. I know who’s behind all those false allegations.

THE GRAPEVINE: How true are reports that Makula was pregnant, only for the pregnancy to disappear mysteriously?

BUJJINGO: That is untrue. We are not falsifiers, that’s only an ill intended and false yet exaggerated allegation. It’s rather humorous how far that joke went, I recall how she was on our trip to South Africa stopped at the airport to ascertain the duration of her pregnancy. Well, me and Makula both decided that we’ll not bear any kids until we wed however much our union has been approved and blessed by our parents. Both our parents’ sides met and reached an agreement, I have proof of photos. I am aware that it’s my daughter and her mom behind all such defamation in connivance with some pastors who want to floor me by soiling my name.

THE GRAPEVINE: Pastor, when should we expect your wedding with Makula?

BUJJINGO: It’s only our delayed divorce court case with Teddy that’s hindering my wedding with Makula. We are staunch Christians who wouldn’t wish to attract drama in the church, we’ll have no kids outside wedlock. After our wedding, Makula will surely bear me children.

THE GRAPEVINE: What is your general conclusive submission?

BUJINGO: I am grateful to the almighty for gifting this country with a God fearing President. He has held uncountable services in State ouse to pray for our country. We appreciate the President’s efforts to pay attention to our requirements, and we therefore call upon him to give heed to our prayer that places of worship be granted their sole freedom to substantially congregate according to the number they can accommodate provided social distancing and other SOPs are observed.

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M7 Chief Campaigners Fight Over Bread – Balaam, Bebe Cool, And Ashburg Katto have Formed Rival Cliques Within The NRM…

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L-R: Ashburg Kato, Balaam Barugahara and Bebe Cool

As the 2021 general elections draw closer, pressure is visibly mounting amongst the various parties, mostly for the presidential position.

Within the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM), there’s a silent but very intense battle raging on.

Museveni’s chief ground campaigners have initiated petty infighting over non clear issues, but highly attributed to uneven distribution of monetary resources, and craving for attention from the chief general himself.

Singers, Bebe Cool, Big Eye and Catherine Kusasira have their own clique, these have taken to the upcountry regions to convince people on why they should vote Tibuhaburwa as the president. theGrapevine clearly understands that Bebe Cool’s camp was initially installed to counter National Unity Platform (NUP) presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine’s huge crowds, to prove that Museveni’s NRM can also attract huge crowds.

However, due to public outcry after Bobi Wine’s arrest, the strategy was disbanded. They are now famously doing their boss’ job by moving house to house distributing yellow masks and T-shirts, as they ask the voters to vote for the incumbent president.

Museveni’s social media warmonger, Ashburg Katto also seems to be commanding his own troop comprising of motormouthed Wisdom Kaye, talkative Kafeero Innocent alias Dr. T Amale, and blogger Isma Olaxess. Ashburg Katto has initiated a program where he has printed Yellow-shirts and inscribed messages of Peace and reconciliation. This group is clearly a strategy to counter Bobi Wine’s huge presence on social media. Ashburg however, has gone as far as provocatively stating that his Museveni T-shirts are more expensive than Bebe Cool’s. This clearly looks like a desperate move to prove more allegiance to their boss.

There is also a camp for events promoter and self styled NRM fisherman, Balaam Barugahara who has taken upon himself the responsibility of recruiting new supporters into the party, alongside top executive officials like the Presidential Press Secretary, Don Wanyama and SG Kasule Lumumba among other top officials in the NRM party.

It’s not clear to ascertain which side Full Figure falls. The motormouthed singer cum presidential advisor, real names Jennifer Nakanguubi is all over the place most of the times, attacking any and everyone there’s to attack. She has however gone quite silent since she was bounced by security from attending Museveni’s manifesto launch shortly after his nomination earlier on this month citing no invitation to the occassion.

Unlike all the others, only Balaam has been so physically seen close to the president since the campaigns officially kicked off.

In a related development, Don Wanyama and Balaam have also lately rebutted claims that the events promoter was together with Parliamentary backbench commissioner, who is also Bukooli Central MP Solomon Silwany thrown out of the State Lodge in Soroti by President Museveni’s Special Forces Command (SFC) guards earlier in the week.

Mr. Barugahara, in a Facebook post described the reported events of him being barred from seeing the President as untrue, saying that he understood the procedure of meeting the No.1 citizen and cannot simply show up without clearance of the Principal Private Secretary.

“Its not true at all. I spent my day in Kumi mobilising for President Museveni. I even attended the last meeting of our Party Chairman,” Mr. Barugahara wrote.

The position was also confirmed by Presidential Press Secretary Don Wanyama, who said Mr. Barugahara was never bounced as earlier reported.

“Claims that Balaam Barugahara Ateenyi was kicked out of Soroti State lodge are false. Treat them as such. The immunised mutabani is busy in Eastern Uganda combing every nook and crevice for votes for Mzee wa Kazi YK Museveni,” Don Wanyama tweeted.

State lodges are used by the President as residential places whenever he visits the countryside and they are manned by SFC, an elite unit responsible for the security of the President of Uganda and other special operations.

Both State House and Balaam have disputed the reports, after reports had earlier on indicated that MP Silwany was moving in his official Parliamentary car Reg No. UG 0344H along Balaam who is the Managing Director of Balaam Marketing and Promotions Agency in Uganda.

 

By Baron Kironde

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Pay Us Or We Drag You To Court – Pastor Yiga’s Girlfriend Nabbi Omukazi, Kojja Kimbowa Threaten To Sue Yiga’s Heir…

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Kojja Kimbowa (L) Jengo and Nabbi omukazi (R)

Controversial girlfriend to the fallen pastor Augustine Yiga alias Abizaayo, of Kawala Revival Church has threatened to drag ABS TV to court if she is not paid Shs.750 Million.

Maggie Kayima alias Nabbi omukazi, through her lawyers Erias Nalukoola and Co. Advocates, sent a notice of intention to sue to ABS TV management accusing them of using her voice in their television tagline, “owuliriza television ABS ekuwumuza ebirowoozo”.
In the notice seen by this website, Maggie Kayima claims that she didn’t give ABS TV management consent to use her voice which has made a lot of money for the management of the television.

She admitted that its true she was among the people behind the establishment of ABS but she didn’t allow them to use her voice.

She directed them to pay her Shs.600m as damages, Shs. 100m as fees to her lawyers and to refund her Shs. 50m which she used to instruct her lawyers to write the intention to sue.

Pastor Yiga died last month but at the time of his death, he had bitterly separated with Maggie Kayima who was at one time his girlfriend.

However, after his death, Kayima was brought back to manage Yiga’s Revival band.

Kayima is currently under investigation by Uganda police and the State House Anti corruption Unit commanded by Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema, on fraud charges connected to embattled Bombo Revival church lead pastor Siraje Ssemanda.

Ssemanda, singer Catherine Kusasira, pastor Frankline Mugisha Mondo and others still at large are accused of fraudulently obtaining over Shs.4bn from fellow pastors and unsuspecting Ugandans.

However, this website learnt that there is a serious fight among the administrators of Yiga’s estate especially between the heir, pastor Andrew Jengo and city herbalist Richard Kimbowa commonly known as Kojja Kimbowa stemming from the money Kimbowa loaned Yiga during their business dealings.

Credible sources in Yiga’s church told theGrapevine that Kimbowa is also planning to sue pastor Jengo over his money which his father left un paid.
Efforts to reach pastor Jengo were futile because he did not pick our calls.

 

By Baron Kironde

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Obote Son Beats Up MP Akena Before Their Old Mum Miria Obote At Their Kololo Home…

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Jimmy Akena (L) and Miria Obote (R)

The children of Milton Obote are unhappy with Jimmy Akena for dominating everything in the family including the billions they get annually as benefits because their late father was both Prime minister and President of Uganda.

The other two Obote’s sons Eddie Engena Maitum and Tony Akaki are unhappy that Akena and his wife Betty Among are monopolizing all the money without giving them anything. Akena is also politically enjoying all the benefits got from the Obote name in Lango without allowing his brothers to benefit also by shining politically.

When Apac municipality was created, Engena, who is also a pastor in Kenya came home and demanded to stand there on the UPC ticket but Akena blocked him and gave the UPC flag to someone else. Engena went ahead and stood as an independent against Akena’s candidate but lost.

He has been grassing since that time and one afternoon recently, he stormed his mother’s house in Kololo where he demanded to know why he should live in poverty when his father was a very rich man and former President of Uganda. Akena was there, he confronted him and the two exchanged blows until Miria their mother separated them.

Engena accused Miria of favoring Akena even when he mistreats them by denying them benefits of being Obote’s sons. A tearful Engena cursed Akena and assured Miria he will never come back again. Bishop Engena became so much annoyed that even when his Kenyan wife died recently, he grieved alone without involving Akena and other family members.

The miserable Bishop buried his wife in Luwero where he bought land and says he isn’t interested in the Oyima clan things anymore because Akena has monopolized everything back home in Akokoro.        

 

By Sandra Mukisa

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