Pentecostal Assemblies Seeks Reconciliation With Break-Away Faction

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Emyau accused Rev. Mukalo of among other things financial impropriety and maladministration, charges he has since denied. Following his suspension, Emyau decided to breakaway with his followers and started PAG Lira.

The Pentecostal Assemblies of God-Uganda Mission is pushing for reconciliation with the break-away faction of PAG-Lira. The group broke off in 2013 after Simon Peter Emyau; the head of PAG Uganda Mission suspended their Bishop, Reverend Joel Mukalo.

Emyau accused Rev. Mukalo of among other things financial impropriety and maladministration, charges he has since denied. Following his suspension, Emyau decided to breakaway with his followers and started 'PAG Lira'.
The PAG Uganda Mission dragged Mukalo and his followers to Lira High court but the case has never been concluded. Now, Rev. Silvano Ogwal, the PAG Uganda Bishop in Lira, says they are willing to talk peace with Mukalo's faction.

He says they have already reached out to Rev. Mukalo asking him to accept to talk peace to foster reconciliation.  But Johnson Adupa, the spokesperson PAG Lira has ruled the possibility of reconciling with PAG Uganda unless it withdraws the court cases against their faction.

Andrew Okello, a Pentecostal believer blames both Rev. Mukalo and PAG Uganda for failing to talk peace, saying they are responsible for splitting the church. Recently, Rev. Barnabas Owelo, a prominent pastor in PAG Lira defected to PAG Uganda. He pledged to ensure the two factions reconcile.

This is the latest attempt to reconcile the two factions following failed attempts in 2014 by the late Internal Affairs Minister, Gen. Aronda Nyakairima. PAG Uganda has 815 churches in 17 districts across the country.