Over 1,000 leaders of Pentecostal churches in the greater Mukono districts of Buvuma, Buikwe and Kayunga have urged President Museveni to extend financial support to them, arguing that they do a lot of mobilization work for government.
Speaking at a meeting in Mukono Town on Monday, the pastors also asked him to consider them for government jobs such as being resident district commissioners.
“Museveni is always giving out sacks of money and Operation Wealth Creation materials but has never considered pastors and yet we pray for him,” their leader, Pastor Samuel Lwandasa of Mt Labanon church in Mukono Municipality, said in the meeting that was attended by officials from State House.
He added: “We have SACCOs but Museveni ignores us and gives only youths. We have pastors who are capable of being resident district commissioners and therefore Museveni should consider them,” Pastor Lwandasa added.
Mr Muhammad Sadic Mayanja from the Office of the President said a lot of money has been given to wrong people who misuse it and fight government and urged government to allocate resources to right people like pastors who pray for the country.
Unlike other priests of the mainstream Catholic and Anglican faiths, pastors of the born-again churches have accumulated a lot of wealth.
Speaking during the third Joan Kagezi Memorial lecture in August this year, the Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr Charles Elem Ogwal said they intend to investigate and screen all Christian pastors to understand their sources of wealth.
According to Mr Ogwal, hundreds of pastors have become conduits of illicit money used to finance crimes which is challenge globally.
“We impounded a Shs700 million Toyota Lexus from a pastor who claims it was his present. This gave us a further insight to investigate pastors. Rich criminals have found pastoring a very fertile ground to hide crime,” he said.