7 October 2006

Uganda: Pastor Kiganda is No Stranger to Trials

Kampala — HE hardly ever featured in the media, nor has he been named in any controversy until last week when the news about his wife's worldly ways broke. David Kiganda Isa, one of Kampala's most inspirational pastors, is probably the first servant of God to publicly become a cuckold. But this, according to his followers, is unlikely to shake his trust in God.

In an open meeting last Sunday, his wife reportedly confessed to adultery, rudeness towards Kiganda and his relatives as well as financial impropriety. According to members of his Focus Christian Centre, who describe him as an upright man of God, such challenges are not new in the pastor's life.

Born on August 17, 1964 in Nyendo, Masaka District, he married Mariam Hadijah Nassejje, a former Muslim, who also later rose to the rank of pastor to support him in ministry. They have been married for 19 years and have five children.

Kiganda became a born-again Christian in July 1987 after listening to Apostle Deogratius John Balabyekkubo preach. Thereafter he had a stint as a pastor at Victory Christian Centre, Kibuye in Kampala alongside Pastor Joseph Sserwadda.

After serving in his mother church for some years and attending various Bible training courses, he started Christian Focus Ministries with a vision of planting and empowering churches, advocating for the taking root of the five-fold ministry in the Church (Ephesians 4:12). He now oversees over 50 churches across the country.

In 1994, Kiganda heard a special call from God to start a church in one of the most difficult places, Mengo Kisenyi, a haven for prostitutes, thieves, thugs, drunkards and drug addicts. Despite several difficulties, Christian Focus Centre was established and today it has a congregation of over 5,000.

Kiganda is the senior pastor of Christianity Focus Centre. He is also the founder and managing director of Christianity Focus Grammar School in Wakiso District. His entrepreneurial skills led him to start Seroma Christian High School in Mukono District.

Kiganda is also the vice-president of Liberty Ministry Fellowship Inc. USA/UG, an international discipleship ministry.

He is also into the car washing business. He owns Jehovah Washing Bay, a parking and washing bay in Mengo Kisenyi.

In 2000 Kiganda was elected the Divisional Chairman of the National Fellowship of Born-again Pentecostal Churches, Uganda and in July 2005 he became District Chairman/Overseer of the whole of Kampala District.

Kiganda is also the chairman of Operation Clean the House, a project whose objective is to fight false teachings and to create awareness of the same in the born-again community.

He has visited the US, South Africa, India, the United Arab Emirates, Nigeria, Malawi, Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania, to preach the good news of the Lord Jesus Christ and the rest of his lifetime has been spent in his own country (Uganda) trying to see how best he can serve his God and His people.

Through his radio ministry, Kiganda has inspired many Ugandans to wake up every morning (since the year 2000) to worship God and also to lead them in prayer before they leave for work.

Following the success of the radio ministry, he began a TV programme on Lighthouse Television to increase the reach of his ministry.

Last Sunday will probably be a turning point in Kiganda's life. He stunned his congregation when he publicly announced that he was separating from Nassejje over adultery. His wife was allegedly having an affair with a chapati vendor.

At Christian Focus Centre, members are tight-lipped except one Christian who said: "The Church is in problems. We are praying very hard so that they can go through these troubles. We joined this Church because of Jesus, not because of Hadija Nassejje or Kiganda."

Inside Kiganda's office, a shining inscription on the wall reads: "Isaiah 54:17. This place is covered by blood of Jesus therefore no weapon formed against us shall prosper." Church members are certain the blood of Christ will triumph.

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