police have intercepted a truck ferrying over 135 members of the Universal
Apostle Fellowship Church of Righteousness-UAFCR from Kirama village in Kaliro
district to cultivate farms in Nakaseke district.
Seventy five of the
people aboard the truck registration number, UBA
400L were children below 15 years of age. The truck was intercepted this
morning while trying to cross from Namungalwe town council to the Jinja-Iganga
Isooba, a member of the church told journalists that all church members are
required to give back to the church through activities such as agriculture to
sustain their faith.
church doesn’t depend on donors. We are locally founded in Busoga sub region;
therefore every church member has a role to play in sustaining it for future
generations. Some decide to contribute cash while others giveaway their
families to cultivate on the church farms found in different parts of the
country,” he said.
One of the church leaders, who spoke on
condition of anonymity, says they picked up the children from willing parents
in exchange for school fees.
children seen on the truck are meant to help out cultivating farms where we get
money to cater for their school dues,” he said.
David Ndaula, the Iganga District Police Commander,
says they have summoned the church leaders on charges of child labor.
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UAFCR was founded by late Noah Kalange and
Micross Mafabi in 1963 as a Uganda based faith without affiliation to any
foreign or local church.
The faith is driven on the New Testament
scripture of 2Timothy: 2:15, which states that, “do your best to win approval
in God’s sight.”