The Church led by Pastor Josephine Anek reportedly started its operation in Kitgum in 2014. It teaches that medical procedures are not allowed and instead encourages its members to seek divine intervention because sickness can only be managed with prayer, not by medical treatment.
Kitgum District Security Committee has lifted the ban against Capernaum Church of God Ministries, a religious sect that preaches faith healing and stops its followers from seeking medical treatment.
The Church led by Pastor Josephine Anek reportedly started its operation in Kitgum in 2014. It teaches that medical procedures are not allowed and instead encourages its members to seek divine intervention because sickness can only be managed with prayer, not by medical treatment. The same Church also forces single and searching female followers to administer 'holy water' to find spouses.
The security committee closed down the Church in August to pave way for investigations into its questionable styles of devotion and review concerns by residents that the church was causing noise pollution in the community and promoting misleading practices similar to that of a cult.
But Jackson Omona, the Security Committee Chairperson has said that after a dialogue involving the Church and residents of Bipong village, Labongo Amida Sub County, the warring factions agreed that the church relocates to another area. He says the move aims to restore harmony among residents opposed to the Church.
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Last month, Kitgum district Council passed a resolution banning activities of the Church following an arson attack by a yet to be identified persons. However, Omona explains the resolution was not limited to Capernaum church but includes many mushrooming prayer places.
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Over the years, authorities have been battling with members of Enjiri, another religious sect that forbids immunization, census, education and health programmes. The sect members believe that they will be given personal identification numbers which are linked to the biblical 666.
Enjiri followers argue that research established that counting and registering people was against biblical teachings.
Ochola's journalism career begun from Radio King 90.2 FM in Gulu around 2009, and Radio Rupiny 95.7 Fm under Vision Group in 2012. He also reported for Mighty Fire 91.5 Fm, Kitgum in 2015 before joining Wizarts Foundation in 2017.
He has been reporting for Uganda Radio Network (URN) since 2017 before being posted as Bureau Chief Kitgum, and latr Gulu between 2018 - 2021. Currently, he reports from Parliament.