Stop Discriminating against Pentecostal Churches – Bishop Silas tells Government
By Our Reporter
Mbarara – The Bishop of King of Kings Churches Bishop Silas Tayebwa has condemned the discrimination against Pentecostal Churches by the government and leaders. That Pentecostal Churches deserve respect and be considered like other religious denominations.
While addressing the congregation at Mbarara King of Kings main Church, Bishop Silas said that government of Uganda has supported and funded other religions like Catholics, Protestants and even Moslems but they have neglected the Pentecostals as if they don’t do the same role of serving God.
He said that government has given land to other denominations, and also given free land to some investors, therefore he asked the government to also consider Pentecostal churches and give them land to construct some good churches and do on them some productive projects that will benefit public.
He asked the President to also write a letter to the ministry of lands and housing directing them to give lands to the pentecostal Churches.
“I want to ask, the same way you did to our dear Catholics of Uganda Martyrs Mbarara when the President wrote to the ministry of lands and housing directing the to give land to Uganda Martyrs Catholic Church Mbarara when they had issues with a land title, the same way other investors have been given land, we also need the president to write to the same ministry and direct them to give us the land at Kamukuzi and we operate freely,” said Bishop Silas.
King of Kings Church has been operating on Mbarara district land at Kamukuzi while renting and they have been fighting to have the land freely but in vain.
Bishop Silas passed the message through Ben Akatukwatsa, the vice chairman team MK project who was the chief guest at the thanks giving function of GNTV, a Christian television based at Mbarara under King of Kings Church.
Akatukwatsa was representing Michael Toyota Kaguta the team chairman MK project who was expected as the chief guest. On the day, Akatukwatsa and his team raised about Ugx12.5m as their contribution towards the thanksgiving.
According to Akatukwatsa, he pledged to take the Bishop’s message to the top leaders of government whom he can reach to take up the matter. He said that King of Kings Church has been on the district land for more than 20 years, that since they are in possession they can apply from the government and they can officially acquire the land.
He pledged that as team chairman they are going to work closely with the leadership of Kings of Kings and help them to ensure that they acquire the land title for the land.
Mayor Robert Mugabe Kakyebezi who was among the guests said that when the disputes between the Mbarara district and the Mbarara city get to an end and the city takes ownership of Kamukuzi, they will see on how they can give the land to King of Kings.
“We still have issues with Mbarara district about the properties at Kamukuzi which involves this land of King of Kings, we are waiting for the government to sort out of these issues, but to me I pledge that once these matters are sorted and the land goes to our control as city council, I cannot fail to give you land because I can’t chase people of God from it. You can imagine we have enough land in the city that have been taken by land grabbers then how about if we rather give such land to the Church,” said Kakyebezi.
According to Bishop Silas, Kings of Kings Church have a plan to construct the biggest Church in Mbarara that will be able to accommodate about 10,000 people.