KAMPALA — President Yoweri Museveni will tomorrow — Monday September 23, meet all born-again Pastors and evenglists in Uganda, State House has confirmed in a release to journalists.
State House’s Linda Wambooka also confirmed that the meeting slated for Monday will be held at the Lugogo Cricket Oval in Kampala.
The Uganda Christian News, reports that Church leaders present included Dr. Bishop Joshua Lwere, the General Overseer of the National Fellowship of Born again Pentecostal Churches of Uganda (NFBPC), Presiding Apostle of the Born Again Faith Dr. Joseph Serwadda, Bishop Isaac Ssebaduka, security officials among others.
It is understood that the directive for the joint meeting came from the President himself.
However, sources noted that no one is fully certain what he intends to communicate.
State-Church relations have also been a matter of debate in Uganda. In his national address on New Year’s Day in 2018, President Museveni said some religious leaders were arrogant for speaking on political issues.
On the same matter, government accused Church of being partisan and setting one political party against another — with church leaders meddling into politics.
Sources noted that Museveni is not happy with some church leaders turning vocal critics of his regime.
Journalist-turned pastor Joseph Kabuleta was arrested over offensive communication when he allegedly used his social media account to annoy the President.
In January this year, The National Forum of Pastors petitioned Museveni to halt the draft of the Religious and Faith Based Organization’s (RFBO’s) policy, a legal framework designed to monitor and regulate activities of faith and religious institutions in Uganda.
Its not clear whether, the meeting with pastors will also focus on this as many of the pastors against the policy claim it is an infringement to the rights and freedoms that are not only God-given but are guaranteed by the Ugandan constitution.