Slain Pastor Mugambe Gets Replacement at Kyebe Pentecostal Church Top story

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It's now two years and two months since the death of Pastor Mugambe who was killed along with eight family members. Mugambe was killed along with his family on 13th January 2013 at Mutegombwa village in Kanabulemu village in Kyebe sub-county, Rakai district. The killing of so many people at once shocked not just Rakai district but Uganda.

Born Again Christians of Kyebe Pentecostal Church in Kyebe Sub-county have a new pastor to manage the church and implement projects that had stalled since the killing of Pastor Steven Mugambe, the founder and senior pastor of the church.
 
Pastor Paul Ssendagire is a resident of Mutegombwa village, where the church is located, and was one of Mugambe's closest friends.
 
It's now two years and two months since the death of Pastor Mugambe who was killed along with eight family members.
 
Mugambe was killed along with his family on 13th January 2013 at Mutegombwa village in Kanabulemu village in Kyebe sub-county, Rakai district. The killing of so many people at once shocked not just Rakai district but Uganda.
 
Uganda Radio Network (URN) visited the church and found it under construction. It is one the biggest in Kyebe trading centre and can accommodate more than 800 Christians.
 
Ssendagire tells us that since Mugambe's death, several projects under Kyebe Pentecostal Church (KPC) including an orphanage school and home have stalled.
 
According to Ssendagire, the church which had close to 150 followers remained with less than 30 members as majority went to other churches following Mugambe's death.
 
He says that donations from abroad which used to sustain the church's projects stopped following Mugambe's death. At the time of his murder, Mugambe had 10 orphans in Kanabulemu under his care.
 
In the last two months, Ssendagire has managed to raise funds to install several doors and windows but there is still a lot to do. He estimates 16 million shillings is needed to complete the church though finding funds is challenging.
 
He says he was a door-to-door preacher in the Kanabulemu parish before the Church committee called him to take over and run the church and other projects.
 
"It's a very big task I have but with God I will serve and I know he will provide no matter how long it will take to get the funds." Ssendagire says with a smile, adding that they only pray for justice to for the slain victims to prevail.
 
Henry Kabiito, one of the church members, says that at the time Mugambe died, the church had been roofed but without doors and windows or cement floor. He says that he is committed to seeing the construction completed because the church's projects benefit the community.
 
Fred Kiryowa, Mugambe's brother, says the family has contributed what it can to their brother's church because it continues to look out for his surviving children though they live with relatives in different places.
 
On January 13, 2013, unknown assailants attacked and killed Pastor Steven Mugambe of Kyebe and his wife Noeline Nalinya. Others were Bena Nakivumbi, Jane Nakiwala, Christine Nasimbwa, Max Nakirijja, Dan Ssemwanga, Andrew Mpeirwe and Maria Nakajugo Musanya.
 
Children who were inside the house including Julius Kiryowa, Josephine Nayiga and Margie Namugambe all below 15 years of age survived the attack.
 
Since 2013, the house in which the nine victims were slain has been deserted. A thick bush has grown around the house and it is said to be a breeding ground for rats and reptiles including snakes.
 
Three suspects including Ponsiano Lwakataka, the former rally driver, Vincent Fagensi, a Tanzanian National and Asuman Muddu have been arrested for the killing and produced in court on file no. CRB O15/13 Kasensero police. They are remanded in Masaka government prison.
 
In a meantime, police is still looking for other 5 suspects in connection to the killing of the nine family members.