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Residents Burn Church Worship Material

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.

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