Pastor Wilson Bugembe of the Worship House in Nansana has disagreed with calls from his fellow pastors and said it is okay for government to keep churches closed for another one month, if the President and health experts still consider the Covid threat serious.
Bugembe said this on Sunday while delivering his sermon at his church in Nansana.
“If the President and his people see that 100 percent it isn’t safe yet, like no politics at all, it isn’t safe yet, I have withstood Covid for 4 months. It doesn’t help me to reopen churches only for Covid cases to shoot up again,” Bugembe said.
“I can endure another one month if the President and his team are 100 percent sure it isn’t safe to open as yet. We can wait a little longer, in pain. This is my opinion. Pastors shouldn’t be angry at me”.
The Pastor and celebrated singer however appealed to government to have faith as small as a mustard seed, quoting the Biblical scripture Luke 17:5-6.
“We can start with churches – God’s house. The God that has protected you (President) all this while since the bush war days, who has guided you all through, let’s have faith in him again by starting with churches”.
He said that his church (the Worship House in Nansana) is prepared to observe social distancing guidelines by holding 10 services (one hour each) each Sunday.
Bugembe’s stance is in contradiction with the leader of the pastors’ forum, Bishop David Kiganda who last week protested the continued closure of churches saying it is unfair.
Kiganda of Christianity Focus Centre Ministries addressed reporters along with other pastors while wearing sacks, demanding that churches be opened.
He says that despite having complied with the Presidential directives of closing, it appears, he said, every other business has resumed except churches.
“We haven’t lost anyone to Covid. Yet we are ungrateful. The President would be declaring a thanksgiving day in Kololo so the whole country can give thanks to God for the protection. Instead of preparing Namboole stadium for Covid patients that we haven’t seen yet, we should rally people to pour into these stadiums to thank God,” Kiganda said.
The leader of the National Pastors’ Platform of Uganda said it is illogical to close churches yet it’s faith that has kept Uganda safe.
The pastor also attributed to the acts of desperation (like the boda boda rider who recently torched himself to death in Police cells) to the closure of churches where people would otherwise be taught to avoid such acts.
Kiganda refuted claims that the gist of their appeal, to have churches reopened, is to get offertory.