The Observer (Kampala)

12 December 2012

Uganda: Born-Again Converts Worry Busoga Bishop

The bishop of Busoga diocese, Michael Kyomya, has expressed concern about the rate at which hordes of Christian youths are leaving the church to join what he calls fake pastors.

"You hear people rushing to snatch miracles and blessings but surprisingly their givers put conditions of money, yet God's blessings are given freely without any conditions," Dr Kyomya said in a sermon during celebrations to mark the diocesan youth day at Namutumba archdeaconry headquarters.

Kyomya asked Christians to look out for false prophets. The Anglican prelate said only God could perform miracles at his own chosen time; therefore, no person could guarantee their occurrence.

In turn, the youth implored the bishop to consider facilitating them to preach to their colleagues across the diocese.

"We as youths also pray that you consider fast-tracking the establishment of the new dioceses of Central and East Busoga, which were to be carved out of the mother Busoga diocese by the end of this year," said Diocesan Youth Chairman Godfrey Nabwiso.

But officials said the delay in redemarcating the diocese was due to the financial crisis in Busoga diocese. According to Rev Canon Samuel George Egesa, the bishop-elect for Bukedi, each of the new proposed dioceses needs a good cathedral, diocesan offices, a bishop's vehicle, house and at least Shs 10m on its bank account.

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