Clerics Attack Museveni Over ‘Empty’ Promises sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>UPCIU Top leaders drawn from the districts of Masaka, Ssembabule, Mubende, Kaburamaido, Kasese, Kiabbele, Hoima, Masindi, Tooro region, Kisoro, Kabale and Northern parts of Uganda expressed their disappointment over President Museveni’s sidelining the Pentecostal Churches.

During their annual General meeting held at Nyakaseke church in Fort Portal on Wednesday, the aggrieved members tasked their national chairperson, Bishop Jimmy Katuramu Araali of Nyakaseke, to explain why the pledges made by president Museveni five years ago were never met.

“The President has totally failed to honour the pledges he made to UPCIU which include among others; the Bishop’s vehicle, the church vehicle that was burnt during his war, Shs 30m towards the church construction, 1,500 iron sheets, 1,000 chicken and 50 heifers for women groups,” Bishop Katuramu recounted.

“The President also took four square miles of church land in Kahungye Kamwenge district. The land in question was offered to the returnees and he had promised to compensate the church with Shs 5bn but in vain,” Bishop Kamanyire put in.

The clerics wondered why the President has continued to sideline the Pentecostal churches while prioritising other religious sects like the faith of Unity, Catholics, Anglicans, among others.


Nyakeseke church under construction

“According to the information, 90% of the catholic faith pledges have been honoured by President Museveni and 60% of the Anglicans have also been fulfilled. We have received letters from State House directing to give us our pledges but in vain.”

“The President does not listen to Pentecostals and yet we have contributed a lot to the social, economic, spiritual development of the country. We have built churches, spread the gospel to build moral growth, schools among others.”

They continued: “Inspite of the President’s failure to support Description: churches, we have embarked on the construction of a modern and storied cathedral worth Shs 3bn at Nyakaseke in Fort Portal town, giving Fort Portal city a new face.”

Bishop Katuramu said five years back when they were elected into office, there were 600 semi-permanent churches but now they have over 300 permanent churches under construction and 100 churches have been completed.

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