Rev Mukalo Faction Begins Secession Process from Pentecostal Church

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Christians loyal to the suspended Lira Pentecostal Bishop Reverend Joel Mukalo have announced a decision to secede from Pentecostal Assemblies of God (PAG) Uganda and form a separate secretariat.

Christians loyal to the suspended Lira Pentecostal Bishop Reverend Joel Mukalo have announced a decision to secede from Pentecostal Assemblies of God (PAG) Uganda and form a separate secretariat.
 
The decision comes hardly hours after security officials in Lira district had re-opened Kakoge PAG church in Ojwina division of Lira municipality.
 
The church was closed a week ago after a violent confrontation between the rival factions.
 
On July 13th 2014, a faction of believers loyal to the suspended Lira Pentecostal Bishop Rev. Joel Mukalo and those in support of the suspension engaged in a violent clash leaving several people injured.
 
On Tuesday evening, the church was re-opened by the district security team following a mutual reconciliatory meeting with between the rival factions.
 
But those supporting Rev. Mukalo later announced plans to formally secede from PAG Uganda.
 
Manshur Suwed, Central North regional police spokesperson, says the rival group supporting Mukalo was advised by the Minister of Internal Affairs Gen. Aronda Nyakairima to form a separate secretariat.
 
Johnson Adupa, the spokesperson of those opposed to the suspension of Bishop Mukalo, says they have completed all the paper work to form a separate legal secretariat from PAG Uganda.
 
Asked on why they are seceding from PAG Uganda, Adupa says they want to legally take over management of various properties including LPC health Centre IV, and the main Lira Pentecostal district headquarters that were built using money raised locally from Christians.
 
Martin Ongom, the deacon of Kakoge P.A.G church, distanced himself from the idea to secede from PAG Uganda. Ongom insists that the rival factions should find amicable ways to sort out the disagreement between them.
 
Former Lira Pentecostal Bishop Sam Angweri has equally trashed the idea to forming a separate secretariat. He emphasized the need to settle differences through reconciliation.
 
Confusion at Lira Pentecostal Assemblies of God district headquarters started last year after Rev.Mukalo was suspended from the church by the PAG secretariat over allegations of financial impropriety. He challenged his suspension. 
 
His suspension has divided the church leading to endless clashes amongst those in his favour and those who back his suspension.
 
The dispute between P.A.G-Uganda national secretariat and Lira Pentecostal Centre is currently in court.
 
Bishop Mukalo and several pastors under the Lira church have petitioned Lira magistrate’s court seeking to secede.

 

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Ronald Odongo
Ronald Odongo is the URN Bureau Chief Lira, Northern Uganda.A multimedia Journalist, Media trainer and investigative enthusiast. Lira,Apac,Dokolo,Oyam, Kwania, Otuke, Amolatar,and Alebtong districts fall under his docket. Odongo has been a URN staff member since 2012 though he had been a contributor since 2006.

Odongo started out as a bicycle reporter for Radio Unity in 2004. He was Radio Rhino FM's senior reporter, Luo news anchor and station producer between 2006 and 2011. Odongo started out as a freelance writer for Uganda Radio Network in 2006.

Odongo is particularly interested in reporting on community health, and education concerns. Good governance and human rights beats are dear to Odongo as a former Lord’s Resistance Army rebels captive 1996-1998.