Connect with us
  • NATIONAL

    Why We Are Not Opening Churches – Pastors Bujjingo, Bugembe, Watoto Reveal Wrong In Allowing Only 70 Congregants, Ask President To Review Decision….

    Published

    on

    Pastors Bujjingo (L) and Bugembe (R)

    In his address on Sunday 20th this month, President Yoweri Museveni eased the lockdown restrictions on the places of worship by allowing churches to open, but with strictly not more than 70 people per service besides keenly following the SOPS put in place by the ministry of health to avoid the spread of the virus

    To some churches in the country, this was news to rejoice about, it sounded like a total opening for them since there are churches whose following does not exceed or even reach 70 members. But for churches with a big following, it is still tricky to figure out how they will deal with their number with everyone attending the service.

    House of Prayers Ministries International (HPMI) Pastor Aloysious Bujjingo thanked the President for re-opening churches but pleaded with him that the number of 70 members discriminates worshipers and because he cannot discriminate them, Canaan land will remain closed.

    “Officials inspected our church and advised us that we can have a service of 8000 people per service with each person spaced 3 meters from the other on the 8.5 acres of land. The good thing is our church is not enclosed, it’s in tents and the aeration is good like the president advised,” Bujjingo said.

    “We don’t want people to leave their homes and get problems at Canaan land because of the stampede when they are struggling to be among the first 70 people. The turn up at HPMI for our lunchtime services alone is over 2000 worshipers. That is why we have agreed with the elders not to have lunch hours and Sunday services for now,” he said.

    Bujjingo disclosed that security at Canaan land alone is composed of 30 people and when you add the workers who take care of the place and the washrooms, the number goes to 100, “On that number, I’ve not included the choir, ushers and the elder’s team.”

    Bujjingo told all believers that all HPMI services will still be conducted on Salt TV, Salt Radio, Salt Media app and all the other online media platforms as they continue discussions with the President and other stakeholders on the number.

    Worship House lead pastor, Wilson Bugembe announced to his flock that there will be no attendance for church service. He urged his church members to instead stay home and catch the Sunday service on-line, and on air (Social media and TV/Radio)

    “Dear Worship House Family, we are opening soon. Wait a little. We apologize. We are yet to open but Not this Sunday. For better planning and your own safety plus the 70 number we were given, we kindly ask that you all wait a little longer as we pray and plan better,” Bugembe wrote.

    “Please stay online and on TV for this Sunday. We apologize for we know how we are all excited to come back to church. We miss you all. We shall inform you as soon as possible,” he added.

    Pastor Julius Rwotlonyo, the associate team leader Watoto also made it clear that they will have no physical services at any of their locations but will continue to gather as a church family online and on air as they pray for more favourable conditions.

    “Our desire is to ensure that all of our church members have a meaningful experience in our church services, while we observe national guidelines for the health and safety of our congregation and volunteer teams. With the restriction of a maximum of 70 people at a celebration service and no in-person children’s church services, we will have no physical services at any of our locations but we will continue to gather as a church family online and on-air as we pray for more favourable conditions,” he said, adding that their pastoral team is discussing ways that their gatherings in various communities can resume.

    Church of Uganda Archbishop Stephen Samuel Kaziimba wondered how the churches will split thousands of worshippers into small congregations of 70 people spread across the different services on Sundays.

    “It will be impossible for the entire congregation to be able to gather in different groups of 70 people for a corporate worship service. My own cathedral, for example, averages 4,000 people on a Sunday. To cater for all the 4,000 people in groups of 70, we would need to schedule 57 different worship services, which is simply not practical,” the Kaziimba told journalists this week at his residence in Namirembe, Rubaga Division.

    On march 25th the president declared a lockdown on places of worship as a measure to avoid the spread of the virus in the country and since then, churches adapted the use of social media to spread the gospel to different people.

    With the help of different media houses, mega churches have gradually embraced the trend of non-pysical gatherings, and have been having their services aired out on different TV and radio stations so that all Christians and church members of different churches are reached out to in this pandemic.

     

    By Baron Kironde

    Comments

    CRIME

    Unmasking Derrick Noah Luggya, The Assassin Who Killed Buganda Kingdom Clan Head Bbosa: Locals Narrate How He Has Been Enjoying Beautiful Girls In City Bars, Snatching Married Women; Deceased’s Daughter Recounts How Killers Assassinated Her Father…

    Published

    on

    Edward Ssenkumba, the Local Council Chairman of Bulange A Zone Lubaga Division, a Kampala City suburb has narrated how one of the assassins who killed Omutaka Eng. Daniel Bbosa Lwomwa the head of Buganda Kingdom’s Endiga (Sheep) clan has been enjoying life.

    Exclusively speaking to theGrapevine, Ssenkumba revealed that one of the assassins, who is currently fighting for his life in Mulago hospital, is a resident of his Zone.

    Senkumba narrated that last year, this assassin went to his office seeking for his help to process some documents which he wanted to take to the Office of the Administrator General.

    He wanted to use the documents to seek for permission to start managing his mother’s estate.

    “I asked him a number of questions concerning his mother and the estate he wanted to manage. From his response, I realized that he wanted to illegally secure Powers of Attorney and sell his mother’s properties without thinking about his mother’s other children. I told him to go back and bring his siblings as a condition if he is to get my recommendation. Surprisingly, he never came back to my office over the matter,” Ssenkumba said.

    When we asked him to tell us the assassin’s name, Ssenkumba said that he only remembers him as Derrick and his mother was called Auntie Lilian and she had rentals in the same area. She died in 2021.

    Police spokesperson, Commissioner of Police Fred Enanga confirmed the assassin’s name as Derick Noah  Luggya. He is currently admitted at Mulago National hospital receiving medical treatment.

    theGrapevine has exclusively established that over 20 commandos have been deployed at Mulago hospital Casualty ward to keep their eyes on Luggya so that no one helps him to escape.

    The chairperson revealed that Luggya is a bodaboda cyclist at Salaam boda stage and he has been commanding a deadly criminal gang which uses guns to terrorise people in the areas of Mengo, Kisenyi and Lungujja.

    When asked why he did not report the allegations to security so that they follow up the matter, he defended himself that his local council convened and discussed the matter but they failed have enough evidence to pin the suspect.

    He narrated that among the crowd that came to see the bodaboda cyclists and other people beating Derrick after he pulled the trigger and killed Bbosa were three women who tried to calm the charged crowd that the person they were beating was a resident of the area.

    “I told those women to keep quiet because I was very sure that the angry mob were going to turn on them. I even advised them to leave the place which they did,” Ssenkumba said.

    When we asked him about Luggya’s lifestyle, Ssenkumba disclosed that he was told that even his boda boda colleagues on Salaam stage always wondered where he got all the money he used on clubbing with different young girls in bars.

    He also narrated that Luggya was in the habit of sleeping with married women after promising them money, “those people at New Best Hotel in Busega know him very well given that he has been a regular customer there,” the chairperson said.

    However he distanced himself from knowing the other assassin who was killed at the scene of crime by the irate mob who saw them assassinating Bbosa who was driving from Mukono district to preside over a clan ceremony.

    Enanga named the killed assassin as Enock Serunkuuma. The third person assassin is still at large after escaping the mob.

    Ssenkumba revealed that Bbosa has been a longtime friend to him and by the time of his death, he has been constructing a factory in Bulange.

    The deceased recently told him that his life was in danger after unknown people started trailing him.

    Ssenkumba divulged that the late narrated to him how he found people trying to access his gate on three occasions but they took off when they saw his car.

    He informed his other friends including members who sit on the clan leadership committee.

    A Buganda Kingdom clan head who has been a close friend to the deceased told theGrapeine that in 2023, he intimated to him how he survived being poisoned.

    The deceased had just recently lost a case in Buganda cultural Court (Kkooti ya kisekwa) which declared that he illegally occupied the Endiga clan head office.

    He appealed to King Ronald Muwenda Mutebi and by the time of his death, the King who in such cases Is the supreme court had not yet delivered his judgment over the appeal.

    Sources in Buganda Kingdom clan heads council told theGrapevine that Bbosa’s opponents lost hope of winning the appeal because the deceased was a close friend to Buganda premier Charles Peter Mayiga and has been the treasurer to Buganda Kingdom clan heads council.

    As the council executive, they were expecting to meet Mayiga even though there is a section of clan heads who are protesting the meeting insisting that instead of wasting their time on meeting Mayiga, they should meet the King himself because they have a lot of issues they need to discuss with him as a person and the corporation sole cultural leader of Buganda Kingdom.

    There is a section of Endiga clan members who have been accusing Bbosa of illegally selling their clan land and sharing the money with members who sit on his executive.

    Peace Nambaale the daughter to the deceased

    GRAND DAUGHTER NARRATES DECEASED’S LAST MINUTES

    Peace Nambaale who was seated in the co-driver’s seat when Bbosa was attacked has told theGrapevine he fathre’s last five minutes after the attack.

    She confirmed that she is a granddaughter to the deceased and she was the one instructed to travel with him together with other family members whenever he is going on long distance journeys given that she is the one who understood him very well.

    Nambaale narrated that her role was to open for the deceased water whenever he felt thirty, advising him on when to take his medicine, pick his phone calls and talk to people who wanted to talk to him while he was driving.

    She disclosed that they were three occupants in the vehicle Toyota Land Cruiser registration number UAH 637X and they were driving from Mukono district where the deceased had just presided over a clan cultural ceremony.

    She told this website that she was the first to see the assassins

    “I told him that I was scared after seeing some suspicious people driving behind us,” Nambaale said.

    She added that within two to three minutes, they heard a bullet from behind the car and the deceased reduced the speed of the car.

    The assassins then parked their bodaboda in front of their car and one of them jumped off and shot at him randomly. The bullets hit the deceased’s check, mouth and the eye.

    Nambaale narrated that the wife to the deceased who was seated behind started screaming and calling Jesus’ name.

    The assailants then jumped on their bodaboda and took off.

    Enanga said that the bodaboda used to carry out the crime had a forged number UEX 754E

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

    Comments

    Continue Reading

    CRIME

    Inside LOP Ssenyonyi Talks With Court Martial Boss Brig. Gen. Mugabe To Rescue Bobi Wine Political Prisoners…

    Published

    on

    Court martial boss Brig. Gen. Robert Freeman Mugabe (R) and LOP Joel Ssenyonyi (L)

    The mighty Grapevine has exclusively landed on information detailing how on Monday morning Brig. Gen. Robert Freeman Mugabe the chairperson of the Makindye based Court Martial held a secret meeting with the Leader of Opposition in Parliament Joel Ssenyonyi.

    Highly placed sources both in the Office of the Leader of Opposition in Parliament and at the Court martial revealed that the meeting was held immediately after the court sitting.

    Ssenyonyi was accompanied by a team of legislators who were directed to escort their boss to Court to stand surety for the 28 supporters of Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu’s National Unity Platform(NUP) who were charged before the court martial.

    When we contacted Alex Waiswa Mufumbiro the party deputy spokesperson on Tuesday to confirm whether Bobi Wine and the party secretariat had any knowledge about the development, Mufumbiro distanced himself from the said meeting explaining that he was not at court.

    He advised us to contact Ssenyonyi or the legislators who were at Court on Monday.

    theGrapevine made several phone calls to Ssenyonyi but he did not pick our calls.

    When this reporter contacted two of the legislators who accompanied the NUP mouthpiece for a comment on the matter, they told us to look for Ssenyonyi adding that they are not in position to comment on that matter.

    Both legislators from Buganda region did neither confirmed nor denied the meeting, but only asked us to look for Ssenyonyi.

    On Monday, an order was issued not to allow members of the public inside court martial premises including journalists.

    It was only Ssenyonyi, the legislators, Makindye Division mayor Ali Kasirye Mulyanyama and lawyers George Musisi and Benjamin Katana who is also the NUP treasury general who were allowed inside.

    Immediately after the in-camera case hearing, Ssenyonyi briefed journalists confirming that the bail application for the accused persons was entertained.

    Unfortunately, the State asked for more time to respond to the grounds and submissions made by the accused lawyers but informed court that they were going to object to the bail application.

    The accused persons are; Olivia Lutaaya, Rashid Seguya, Yasin Sekitoleko, Robert Rugumayo, Muhydin Kakooza, Patrick Mwase, Simon Kijjambo, Abdul Matovu, Ronald Kijambo, Sharif Kalanzi, Joseph Muwonge, Mesach Kiwanuka, Abdallah Kintu, Umar Kato, Musa Kavuma, Ibrahim Wandera, Asbert Nagwere, Steven Masakulu, Jimmy Galukande, Paul Muwanguzi, Sharif Matovu, Devis Matabi, Abdallah Gibusiwa, Livinston Katushabe, Swaib Katabi, Siraje Mudebo, Joseph Muganza and Steven Lwanga.

    All the accused persons denied the charges related to being in possession of military store and terrorism.

    Recently, Brig Gen Felix Kulayigye was quoted saying that they reason why UPDF didn’t take action against Lilian Aber the Kitgum district woman legislator for slaying in military uniform was because she apologied for putting it on when she is not a military personel.

    Kulayugye added that NUP supporters before military court refused to apologise because if they had apologised, the army was willing to forgive them.

    Highly placed sources close to Ssenyonyi told theGrapevine that one of maiden plans is to make sure that political prisoners before court martial are released.

    “I was surprised when he told me that he had to work with Anita, she was working with Mathias Mpuuga. I told him that he was brought in that office to change the narrative but he just ignored me and asked me to meet him on another day because he was having other assignments awaits him,” a staunch Senyonyi supporter who frequently publically attacked Mpuuga when he was still a Leader of Opposition in Parliament told theGrapevine.

    On Tuesday, Speaker Among made a surprise visit to Ssenyonyi’s office and sources disclosed that a number of issues including the release of NUP supporters were discussed.

    Sources added that Speaker Among was very instrumental in helping Mpuuga secure court bail for Kawempe North legislator Muhammad Ssegirinya and his Makindye West comrade Allan Ssewanyana who were in detention on murder, attempted murder and terrorism charges.

    Bobi Wine put Mpuuga’s name in the book of traitors and since then.

    He even distanced himself from Ssegirinya and Ssewanyana accusing them of negotiating with president Museveni’s people to be released.

    Ssewanyana denied involving himself in any negotiations and challenged his accusers.

    Sources in parliament told theGrapevine that by the time Ssenyonyi was appointed LOP, Among had drawn up a plan on how to handle him after realizing that legally she cannot stop Mpuuga’s removal.

    “She asked her personal legal assistant to guide him on whether there was any loophole which she can exploit to have Mpuuga stay as LOP for five years. She was advised that it was not possible,” a source said.

    Sources added that when Mpuuga was removed from the Office of the LOP and appointed a commissioner of parliament, Among directed that he should be given a big office.

    It is alleged Mpuuga told her that he has many people who come to parliament from greater Masaka, Buganda and Catholic church to see him.

    A former staff at parliament told theGrapevine that Ssenyonyi is using the same script Mpuuga used when was fighting for Ssegirinya, Ssewanyana’s release, to have NUP supporters released.

    Last week, Ssenyonyi and the legislators who were taken to court to stand surety for the accused persons were with him at Kitalya and Luzira prison where most supporters are kept.

    However, a senior military officer told theGrapevine that the release of NUP supporters is not going to be as easy as it was for Ssegirinya and Ssewanyana because Museveni was given reports detailing how the accused persons were organizing a deadly plan to put Kampala on fire a few days to the 2021 general election.

    “They were given code names, the only thing that saved Kyagulanyi was he was not personally involved at the final stage. The boys through their commander asked him for Shs20m and his people only released Shs1m,” a senior military officer claims.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

    Comments

    Continue Reading

    NATIONAL

    Kabaka Mutebi Family, Premier Mayiga Serial Critic Forced To Resign As Leader In Buganda Kingdom Grandchildren Council…

    Published

    on

    Kabaka Mutebi (L) with his Premier Peter Mayiga (C) and Mubiru Njuki (R)

    Tempers flared as the top leadership of the Bazzukulu ba Buganda International (Buganda Kingdom Grandchildren Council) an umbrella body that brings together all grandchildren of Buganda were forcing Mubiru Njuuki their Secretary General to resign.

    Mubiru confirmed the development and explained that he was not forced to resign but he took a personal decision to step aside upon realising that his fellow leaders were not happy with the way he usually commented on issues concerning Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi and his family.

    “It is true, I resigned from the position of Secretary General of the Bazzukulu ba Buganda International but I’m still a member and I will make sure that I still fight for my Kingdom because Buganda does not belong to one person but it’s for all of us plus millions of grandchildren who are not yet born. We have to fight for this kingdom even if it means leaving positions which are taking us to prison” Njuuki said.

    Ddungu Musisi the chairperson of the council told Njuuki in a virtual meeting on Tuesday that he has been receiving a lot of complaints from different people concerning some the comments he makes in the media about the person of Ronald Muwenda Mutebi, the Kabaka of Buganda and his family.

    Ddungu then mentioned the complaints which included supporting a section of Buganda Kingdom clan heads who met President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

    “You reached the extent of declaring yourself the spokesperson of those indisciplined people thus putting our council in bad light,” Ddungu said.

    He added that Njuuki made several social media comments asking the people of Buganda to come together and dissolve Buganda Kingdom claiming that it lost the reason why Baganda fought for its return given that individuals are using it to enrich themselves.

    Njuuki was further accused of attacking the Buganda Kingdom Crown Prince Richard Ssemakokkiro and advising him to concentrate on his studies in the United Kingdom instead of thinking of coming back to Uganda to become the Kabaka of Buganda.

    Njuuki was also accused of supporting Tiktoker Ibrahim Musana alias Pressure 24/7 who was arrested by Brig. Gen. Christopher Sserunjogi Ddamulira the police Director for Crime Intelligence on allegation of insulting the person of Kabaka Mutebi and his family and the person of Charles Peter Mayiga the Katikkiro of Buganda.

    According to evidence tabled before the council, Njuuki was quoted supporting Musana claiming that police should first arrest Mayiga and other Buganda Kingdom officials who allowed Kabaka Mutebi to appear in public dressed casually which was an embarrassment toBuganda Kingdom.

    Njuki also alleged that Mayiga hired musician Cindy Sanyu to entertain Kabaka Mutebi skimpily dressed which was an insult to the Kabaka and Buganda Kingdom.

    When Njuuki was given the opportunity to defend himself, he told the meeting that whatever he said was in good faith and for his love of Buganda Kingdom.

    Njuki said that he feels bad seeing his Kabaka being used by individuals at Bulange to enrich themselves through grabbing of the Kingdom land.

    “For the good of this council, I’m stepping down but I’m not going to apologize,” Njuuki said as he left the virtual conference.

    The council was very strong in the early 1990s and Kabaka Mutebi and other Kingdom officials used to meet them for consultation before they took any decisions including appointing Katikkiro but it has been weakened slowly.

    By the time of his resignation, Njuuki has been pushing for a meeting with Kabaka Mutebi and during the virtual meeting, Ddungu informed him that the Kabaka cannot meet them because of his behaviour.

     

    By Hadijjah Namagembe

    Comments

    Continue Reading

    like us

    TRENDING

    theGrapevine is a subsidiary of Newco Publications Limited, a Ugandan multimedia group.
    We keep you posted on the latest from Uganda and the World. COPYRIGHT © 2022
    P.O Box 5511, Kampala - Uganda Tel: +256-752 227640 Email: info@thegrapevine.co.ug
    theGrapevine is licenced by Uganda Communications Commission (UCC)