The Monitor (Kampala)

7 August 2009

Uganda: Pastor Ordered to Apologise Over 'Seditious' Remarks

Kabarole — Security officials in Kabarole District have ordered a pastor in Fort Portal to apologise over remarks he made against the government at a recent function.

Pastor Dickson Lubega is said to have urged born again Christians not to vote the NRM government in the 2011 elections on July 27 during a thanksgiving service for the new Bishop of the United Pentecostal Churches of Uganda Jimmy Katuramu at Nyakasura.

Pastor Lubega, who is also the head of Kabarole Christian Fellowship Church, reportedly said the NRM government has marginalised and has no respect for the Pentecostal churches, especially those in the western region. He said on several occasions, President Museveni has shunned functions organised by Pentecostal churches.

But the remarks did not go down well with security and the NRM party officials in the district. The pastor was summoned by the RDC, Mr Kakonge Kambarage and the District Internal Security Officer (DISO), Lt. Musa Mukiibi to clarify on the statements he uttered.

In the meeting that was attended by the NRM district chairperson, Mr Godfrey Nyakahuma, Pastor Lubega reportedly apologised for the statements and was ordered to apologise to the government on his Fort Portal based radio, Life FM. Pastor Lubega later told the press; "The issue of apologising on radio or not is between me and the security."

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