An angry mob led by the area LC I Chairperson, Geoffrey Oringa destroyed a crucifix, shea butter gourds, stones, water and Shillings 300 that was assembled in the church compound on Wednesday evening .
Residents of Acut Omer village in Gem Parish in Pukony Sub
County in Gulu district have a set ablaze the worship materials of the New
Jerusalem Tabernacle Church.
The church belongs to
Severino Lukoya, the father to the late Alice Lakwena, the former rebel leader
and founder of the Holy Spirit Movement.
An angry mob led by the area LC I Chairperson,
Geoffrey Oringa destroyed a crucifix,
shea butter gourds, stones, water and Shillings 300 that was assembled in the
church compound on Wednesday evening .
They accused the church leaders of involving
themselves in cult practices, which include sprinkling of water and smearing
Shea butter on worshipers allegedly to protect them from bad omen and
preaching a false gospel about heaven.
Oringa said the practices remind him of
Lakwena who used the same items to lure them into rebellion, saying they would
overpower government troops.
The LC I
Chair says he narrowly survived death on the war front after being tricked into
believing he was protected.
Richard Watmon, the Pukony Sub County LC III
explains that the incident followed a resolution by the Sub County Security
committee held in April this year where it was resolve to block the operations
of the church.
He says the leadership of New Jerusalem
Tabernacle Church had started erecting a foundation without informing the sub
county and local authorities.
The New Jerusalem Tabernacle Church Ministry
is spread all over Northern Uganda.
Lukoya claims the church is registered with
government as a legal entity.
Emmy Daniel Ojara is a young journalist and has been practicing since 2013, during which he covered land rights violation in the contested Apaa and Lakang in Amuru as his first take ups while at Gulu Fm, Favor Fm and later Paidha Fm and Speak Fm where he is still attached.
Human rights abuses and denied access to land by security and government agencies has been the major aftermath of the contest over the lands. The underprivileged such as women, children and the elderly faced challenges in accessing soc