They were stopped by youths from the Lift up Global Ministries claiming that they had paid Kabale municipality to use the stadium for an entire week.
There was drama at Kabale Municipal Main Stadium on Wednesday when Catholics and Pentecostal youths clashed over the stadium. It all started after members of the Catholic Church tried to enter Kabale Municipal stadium at about 11am for the celebrations of Mary’s day where a weeklong conference organized by the Lift up Global Ministries is ongoing.
They were stopped by youths from the Lift up Global Ministries claiming that they had paid Kabale municipality to use the stadium for an entire week. However, the Catholics wouldn’t have any off this insisting that they had got permission to use the facility and a scuffle ensued drawing the attention of district authorities.
Julius Tituryebwa, one of the organizers of the catholic event accused the youths from Lift up Global Ministries of indiscipline saying that they have always used the stadium on August 15th to celebrate Mary’s day.
The Catholics accused the born again Christians of shouting at them yet they had been advised to break off half day to enable the Catholics conduct their service. Nixon Kabuye, the Kabale Deputy Resident District Commissioner, Robert Nabimanya, District Internal Security Officer, DPC Bosco Arop and Augustine Bujara, the town clerk Kabale Municipality intervened to mediate between the two groups.
Bujara explained that he had communicated to the organizers of the conference led by Bishop Aloysius Kiizza to break off during the day and resume their conference in the evening but they defied his orders. Bosco Arop, the Kabale DPC asked both groups to calm down and continue with their functions peacefully which they agreed. However, the Catholics later rose up in arms when the born again Christians refused to lower the volume of their public address system.
As a result, police intervened and forced the Born Again Christians turn down the volume on the public address system to allow the Catholics conduct their service. A few minutes after police left, the born again Christians turned up the volume again drawing angry reactions from the Catholics. The catholic service was led by Rev. Fr Nazario Natukunda, the parish priest of Christ the King Church.