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Govt reveals plans to take full acquisition of st Peter’s Ndeeba Church land

Govt reveals plans to take full acquisition of st Peter’s Ndeeba Church land

AFRICA
The Government has embarked on a process of compulsory acquisition of St Peter's Church Ndeeba's land. St Peter's Church, which had existed for 40 years, was on the night of August 9 demolished by bailiffs, which left many Christians shocked. The mailo land, registered as Kibuga Block 7, Plot 39 in Ndeeba, was a subject of dispute between the church community and local businessman, Dodoviko Mwanje aka Dodo Owonyi. Mwanje reportedly acquired the land from some members of the family of Princess Evelyn Nachwa who sued the Church of Uganda, alleging that the transfer of the land title was carried out fraudulently. Following the demolition of the church, President Yoweri Museveni visited the site and told Christians that the Government would reconstruct the church. He also ordered ...
UGANDA: President Museveni comments on Ndeeda Church demolition

UGANDA: President Museveni comments on Ndeeda Church demolition

AFRICA, UGANDA
“On my way to work this morning, I passed by the site of St Peter’s Church in Ndeeba that was recently demolished by unscrupulous people. I am saddened by this incident and I give the church assurances that those complicit will be punished. Even if the church was in the wrong, ordering demolition was extreme. Dialogue would have resolved this matter. Judges should have limits and understand public interest. Demolishing a church is a curse. Also, ignore reports of those claiming the government demolished the church. I am going to invite the Namirembe Diocese Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira, and engage with all parties involved in this conflict to find a lasting solution. The bottom line is that the Church will retain this land and we shall build a new church. I ...
UGANDA: Court summons Dodovico Mwanje over Ndeeba Church destruction.

UGANDA: Court summons Dodovico Mwanje over Ndeeba Church destruction.

AFRICA, UGANDA
KAMPALA – Court has issued criminal summons against Dodovico Mwanje, who is accused of being behind the demolition of St Peter’s Church in Ndeeba last Sunday night. Mwanje on Thursday did not appear before Makindye Magistrate’s Court alongside 18 others, including senior police officers, who are accused of demolishing the Church. The accused who were arrested by the State House Anti-corruption unit appeared before Makindye Court Grade One magistrate, Jude Okumu, where they denied the charges. The police officers are separately faced four counts including disobedience of lawful orders of the commander of Kampala Metropolitan area Moses Kafeero; who had ordered them to deploy security at St. Peter’s church in Ndeeba inorder to avert any demolition or destruction at the said church....
UGANDA:  Senior police officers, 11 others remanded over Ndeeba Church destruction

UGANDA: Senior police officers, 11 others remanded over Ndeeba Church destruction

AFRICA, UGANDA
Seventeen people including senior police officers have been charged and sent on remand at Kitalya government prison on charges of unlawfully demolishing St. Peter's church in Ndeeba Rubaga Division, Kampala. Among the jailed officers is the District Police Commander (DPC) of Katwe police station David Epedu who is accused of conspiring with six other officers attached to the Field Force Unit (FFU) and the ‘owner’ of the contentious piece of land Dodoviko Mwanje to commit an act which threw the entire nation into shock. The accused who were arrested by the State House Anti-corruption unit on Thursday afternoon appeared before Makindye Court Grade One magistrate, Jude Okumu, where they denied the charges. The police officers are separately faced four counts including disobedience o...
UGANDA: Bishops charge the Judiciary over  Ndeeba church demolition.

UGANDA: Bishops charge the Judiciary over Ndeeba church demolition.

AFRICA, UGANDA
At least 37 representatives from the House of bishops from the Province of the Church of Uganda yesterday gathered in Ndeeba near Kampala to condole with Christians of St Peter’s Church, whose house of worship was demolished on Sunday. The prelates also attacked the Judiciary for giving the family the green light to destroy their church. Led by their dean and Rwenzori South bishop Jackson Nderebende, who read a joint statement, the bishops said the Judiciary in Uganda ought to exercise its duty with caution and moral aspects.“Don’t simply look at the documented law, look at the moral aspect in destroying the building of God. An attack on one church is an attack to the entire Anglican Church, the entire Christian fraternity,” Bishop Nderebende said.He said courts in Uganda should hav...
UGANDA: Archbishop Kaziimba asks the government to reconstruct Ndeeba demolished church.

UGANDA: Archbishop Kaziimba asks the government to reconstruct Ndeeba demolished church.

AFRICA, UGANDA
Archbishop Samuel Kaziimba of Church of Uganda has tasked government to ensure that St Peter’s Church at Ndeeba in Kampala is reconstructed, and termed its demolition as an act of barbarism and an attack on all Christians worldwide. “Government should take more action to ensure the church is redeemed, reconstructed and cleaned,” Archbishop Kaziimba said after touring the site . He urged government to protect the vulnerable from the rich people. Archbishop Kaziimba said humanism was eroding away, warning that the perpetrators must account for their deeds. “I am in a country whose motto is ‘For God and my country’. The perpetuators of such bad acts did not only attack the people of Ndeeba but the body of those believing in Jesus Christ worldwide,” he said. The Archbishop warn...
UGANDA: Lord Mayor Lukwago criticizes demolition of St. Peter’s Church

UGANDA: Lord Mayor Lukwago criticizes demolition of St. Peter’s Church

AFRICA, UGANDA
KAMPALA — Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago has described the demolition of St. Peter’s Church in Ndeeba as scandalous and brazen act of criminality which should invite the ire of any reasonable person with a human heart. St. Peter’s church on the outskirts of Kampala, the Uganda’ capital was reportedly attacked by armed policemen and court bailiffs in the night before the Anglican community in Ndeeba lost their place of worship, a primary school and the priest’s house claiming that the land belonged to someone else. Lukwago said St. Peter’s Church is historical place of worship which has existed for decades since colonial days, noting that “it’s a treasured piece of our heritage’. The Church was however maliciously and callously brought down deep in the night by some court bailiffs and h...
WORLD: Moslems celebrate the 2020 Idd-ul-Adha

WORLD: Moslems celebrate the 2020 Idd-ul-Adha

INTERNATIONAL
Muslims worldwide are celebrating Idd-ul-Adha today. Falling on the 10th day of the holy month of Dhu al-Hijjah, the 12th month of the Islamic calendar, coincides with the annual Hajj pilgrimage to the Holy City of Mecca.Idd-ul-Adha is marked with animal sacrifice honours Prophet Ibrahim’s unrivalled devotion to the faith and willingness to sacrifice his only son Ismail at Allah’s behest. To the Muslims around, this was a supreme test of faith.This year’s Idd however, comes at a time when the world is at war with a deadly pandemic. In Uganda, Mosques as well as churches have remained closed since March as part of the Covid-19 guidelines. There are also strict restrictions on public gatherings as part of the government social distancing measures. Muslim leaders across the country ...
KENYA: President Kenyatta mourns Rev. Peter Kariuki Kania

KENYA: President Kenyatta mourns Rev. Peter Kariuki Kania

AFRICA, KENYA
NAIROBI, 26th July 2020 (PSCU) –President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent a message of comfort to adherents of the PCEA Church, friends and the family of Rev. Peter Kariuki Kania who passed away today. Rev. Kania is the outgoing Secretary General of the Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA). In his message of condolence, the President remembered Rev. Kania as a gifted minister of the gospel and man of God who served the PCEA Church and the Christian faith in the country with zeal and utmost commitment. "Death has robbed our nation of a dedicated evangelist and distinguished church administrator whose immense contribution to the development of the Christian faith in Kenya shall be dearly missed. "Rev. Kania's good work as an evangelist and Church administrator can be seen in the gr...
AFRICA: 11 Christians killed in latest attack in Nigeria

AFRICA: 11 Christians killed in latest attack in Nigeria

AFRICA
Eleven Christians were killed in an attack on a village in Kaduna state, north-western Nigeria, on Monday.  Around 50 armed Fulani herdsmen invaded the village of Gora Gan at around 7pm on Monday evening and set houses on fire, according to Rev Isaac Ango Makama, of the Christian Association of Nigeria.  Seven other Christians were injured and are being treated in hospital but many others are missing, Morning Star News reports.  Hundreds of Christians are taking refuge at a camp for displaced people as a result of the violence.  Ezekiel James, a camp official told the website: "They are Christians who escaped the attack against Gora Gan village and other villages in the past few days. These internally displaced Christians are in dire need of food items...
Bosnia Muslims gathered to remember the Srebrenica massacre of 1995

Bosnia Muslims gathered to remember the Srebrenica massacre of 1995

INTERNATIONAL
Srebrenica (Bosnia and Herzegovina) - Bosnian Muslims marked the 25th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre on Saturday, the worst atrocity on European soil since World War II, with the memorial ceremony sharply reduced as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Many mourners braved the tighter restrictions put in place to stem the spread of COVID-19 to attend the commemorations which culminated in a ceremony laying to rest the remains of nine victims identified over the past year. On July 11, 1995, after capturing Srebrenica, Serb forces killed more than 8,000 Muslim men and boys in a few days. Sehad Hasanovic, 27, was one of around 3,000 relatives of the victims who attended the commemorations in spite of the virus. He has a two-year-old daughter -- the same age he was when h...
UGANDA: Bishop Lwere warns Pastors protesting on Closure of Churches, COVID-19 should not be a point to settle scores.

UGANDA: Bishop Lwere warns Pastors protesting on Closure of Churches, COVID-19 should not be a point to settle scores.

AFRICA, UGANDA
The leader of the National Fellowship of Born Again Pentecostal Churches in Uganda, Bishop Joshua Lwere has warned pastors distressed by continued closure of Churches, to desist from attacking leaders and deviating from Godly ways as they demand for re-opening of Churches. This follows recent calls from religious leaders especially in Kampala City, calling on government to consider re-opening of Places of Worship as the country moves to lift the partial lockdown due to the covid-19 pandemic. Born-again pastors recently intensified agitation for re-opening of Churches in Uganda with a section of pastors attacking their leaders for not doing enough to push government to open the churches. This week, a group of pastors in Kampala City were seen putting on sack-cloth in protest of the c...
UGANDA: Rev Kazimba urges the Government to open Churches.

UGANDA: Rev Kazimba urges the Government to open Churches.

AFRICA, UGANDA
The archbishop of the church of Uganda Rt Rev Dr. Steven Kazimba Mugalu has called upon the government to reconsider the opening of places of worship as the government eases up on the lockdown measures amidst the covid19 pandemic. Paying a courtesy visit at next media services for the very first time, the 9th archbishop of the church of Uganda Rt Rev Dr. Steven Kazimba Mugalu lauded Next Media Services for the role they have played in amplifying the works of the church especially during this covid19 pandemic where the places worship have remained under key and lock The COVID 19 pandemic and the closure of places of worship have seen Next Media Services repurpose some programs with Sunday church services turned digital. Despite this innovation, the archbishop says it’s time the go...
UGANDA: 14 detained over city mosque row

UGANDA: 14 detained over city mosque row

AFRICA, UGANDA
The wrangle over Masjid Noor mosque on William Street in Kampala escalated yesterday and police arrested the leaders pending investigations into alleged embezzlement of funds collected from the property. Police yesterday raided several homes and arrested Sheikh Ayubu Nyende, Haruna Kasujja, Musa Ssekandi, Ibrahim Ssenfuka, Sharif Matovu, Hamdan Luutu and Juma Kavuma. The seven suspects are among 14 people arrested on charges of embezzlement, obstruction, criminal trespass and threatening violence. The Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesman, Mr Patrick Onyango, said the suspects had been collecting revenue from rented properties of the mosque but did not remit the money to Uganda Muslim Supreme Council management (UMSC), their employer. “We have arrested suspects, who were resis...
Catholic priest suspended for comparing BLM to ‘maggots’

Catholic priest suspended for comparing BLM to ‘maggots’

INTERNATIONAL
CARMEL, Ind. — A bishop suspended a suburban Indianapolis Catholic priest from public ministry on Wednesday for comparing the Black Lives Matter movement and its organizers to “maggots and parasites” in a recent church bulletin. Bishop Timothy Doherty, of the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana, took the action against the Rev. Theodore Rothrock, of St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Carmel, for comments that the pastor wrote Sunday in the weekly bulletin. Rev. Theodore Rothrock, of St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Carmel “The only lives that matter are their own and the only power they seek is their own,” Rothrock wrote. “They are wolves in wolves clothing, masked thieves and bandits, seeking only to devour the life of the poor and profit from the fear of others. They are...
Former Pope Benedict’s brother Georg dies at 96

Former Pope Benedict’s brother Georg dies at 96

INTERNATIONAL
MUNICH - Georg Ratzinger, the brother of former Pope Benedict who nurtured a very close relationship over decades to his sibling, has died at the age of 96 in the German town of Regensburg on Wednesday, the local archdiocese said. In June, Benedict, aged 93, had spent five days in his native Germany to visit his ailing brother, who was also a priest. It was the first time that Benedict left Italy since 2013, when he became the first Pope to resign in six centuries. Pope Benedict XVI prays with his brother Mons. Georg Ratzinger in his private chapel at the Vatican Benedict was not present when his brother died because he had returned to Rome earlier, the archdiocese's spokesman Clemens Neck said. "He died at his house in Regensburg today, surrounded by people close to him." ...
Britain’s first black archbishop speaks about his long struggle against injustice

Britain’s first black archbishop speaks about his long struggle against injustice

INTERNATIONAL
London, UK --- John Sentamu tells the story of walking in to lead an assembly at a primary school in London when he was Bishop of Stepney: “As I entered the school hall, a child from the nursery class, who had never seen a bishop wearing a cope and mitre, piped up and said, ‘Is that God?’ His near neighbour angrily replied, ‘No, it’s Desmond Tutu!’ Today, the Church of England loses one of its most powerful, prophetic and joyous voices as Archbishop John Sentamu, the 97th Archbishop of York, retires on the week of his 71st birthday after 15 years as the C of E’s second in command. The journey from Uganda to York, via Cambridge, London and Birmingham, has been marked by an extraordinary contribution to the life and faith of both church and nation.  Archbishop John Sentamu In the m...
UGANDA: Only 60 people to attend this year’s Martyrs Day celebrations.

UGANDA: Only 60 people to attend this year’s Martyrs Day celebrations.

AFRICA, UGANDA
The annual Martyrs day celebration will be attended by only 60 people, this year. This is the only number expected at both the Church of Uganda and Catholic shrines in Namugongo on Wednesday, June 3 as the country maintains restrictions on public gatherings as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, the Most Rev. Dr Steven Kaziimba Mugalu has invited only 40 people to attend the annual prayers, these are mostly bishops from other dioceses. The revelation was made by the Bishop of Namirembe Diocese Rt. Rev. Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira during an on-site visit to the shrine on Monday. In previous years, millions of people from within and outside Uganda, thronged both the Anglican and Catholic shrines to commemorate the martyrs, a brave group of young m...
Eid Prayers – Uganda:  Mufti Mubajje requests the Government to Open places of worship

Eid Prayers – Uganda: Mufti Mubajje requests the Government to Open places of worship

AFRICA
KAMPALA --- Ugandans yesterday joined Muslims across the world to celebrate Idd-ul-Fitr under lockdown.Idd-ul-Fitr, also called the festival of breaking the fast, is a religious holiday celebrated by Muslims to mark the end of Ramadan, the month-long dawn to sunset period of fasting. It is believed that Prophet Muhammed got the first revelation of the Holy Koran during this month. Mufti Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubajje called for opening of places of worship during his televised address from Old Kampala Mosque. Mufti Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubajje Sheikh Mubajje said the world needs prayers to heal during this difficult time of the coronavirus pandemic. “We want the government to consider the following; opening houses of worship. Prayers are among those essential activities a...
AU Special Representative extends best wishes to the people of Somalia on Eid al-Fitr

AU Special Representative extends best wishes to the people of Somalia on Eid al-Fitr

AFRICA
Mogadishu, 23rd May 2020 – The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Madeira, extends his warm and best wishes to the government and the people of Somalia on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr. "On behalf of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), I congratulate all the Muslims in Somalia, upon completion of the holy month of Ramadan” – said Ambassador Madeira. “The holy month of Ramadan is a time to reflect on the teachings of Islam and reinforce the virtues of sharing, forgiveness and self-sacrifice. As we come to the end of Ramadan, let us use this opportunity to renew our commitment to a peaceful and prosperous Somalia and to remind ourselves of the responsibility that we have to one another and to the ...