KAMPALA – The Minister of Ethics and Integrity, Father Simon Lokodo has revealed that Government is considering closing down controversial preacher, Aloysius Bujjingo’s church-House of Prayer Ministries- that is located in Makerere.
Lokodo made the pronouncement in a media interview with journalists at Parliament in which he described Bujjingo as a fake pastor who isn’t fit to spread the word of God because his own life is devil infested.
Asked whether Government is considering closing the church, Lokodo said, “That is already something that is on our mind, we are going to see the leadership of that church which he leads and recommend that he be stopped from administering public church services.”
Bujjingo was cast in the lime light recently when a video clip circulated on the internet depicting him mocking his wife (Teddy Bujjingo) for suffering from fistula for ten years, an illness Bujjingo said denied him an opportunity to enjoy conjugal rights for a decade, saying a woman bleeding for such a long time doesn’t deserve to be anybody’s wife.
On the closure of the church, Lokodo said, “The powers to close the church, yes, we have them but further investigation are being conducted in order to get enough reason for that church to be closed but already, the church is going to be closed because the faithful are going to walk away from it. Later, they will abandon that church and it will no longer be a church, maybe for other social services.”
Asked when investigations would be completed, the Minister said the investigations are going to expedited because it is the outcry of the people and the closure would act as a warning to other preachers not to dupe Ugandans.
Lokodo said that it isn’t the first time Bujjingo is using his church to make controversial remarks and that he has persistently manifested a wrong un-pastoral character that has made many people to conclude that he isn’t a pastor but rather a self-proclaimed pastor because he wouldn’t be making those blunders.
The Minister said, “How can you go all the way as an exemplary leader moreover denounce your wife whom you have lived with for more than 29years and bore off spring with that one all together is a great manifestation of his unsteadiness in the Ministry.”
He said that not only did Bujjingo make a mistake of divorcing his wife, “He went ahead to undress his wife in public by disclosing what status she was in, really that is unchristian, it is impolite is irresponsible and therefore we can conclude that he isn’t a pastor by call but self-appointment.
I am advising Bujjingo to remove his robes, he can’t stand in the pulpit. I advise the faithful who have been following him to step aside and leave that arena where he is leading as a pastor, he isn’t nourishing them, he is malnourishing them.”