By Paul Mayambala
Controversial Pastor Aloysius Bugingo of House of Prayer Ministries International (HPMI) has today graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology.
Bugingo has been studying from United Graduate College and Seminary International in the United States of America (USA) through Kayiwa International University that is located along Balintuma road in Namirembe.
While speaking on Salt TV yesterday, Prof Simeon Kayiwa (owner of Kayiwa International University) described Bugingo as a bright, disciplined student who succeeded with a quite number of academic research studies which would be used for reference in future.
Interestingly, Pastor Bugingo was among a section of the Born-Again religious leaders and preachers from various Churches throughout the country who opposed State Minister for Ethics and Integrity, Fr. Simon Lokodo’s proposed policy to have all religious clerics including pastors and Muslim imams to acquire minimum academic qualifications.
The leaders, led by Prof. Simeon Kayiwa of Namirembe Fellowship Church and Bishop David Kiganda of the Christianity Focus Ministries Church Mengo, among others, stated that the proposed policies were malicious and intended to crash the Church.
“We are looking at the policy as having come from a malicious source and thoughts intended to crash the Church,” Pastor Kayiwa told journalists after attending a Consultative meeting of Born-Again religious leaders and Pastors at Imperial Royale Hotel.
Under the new National Policy on Religious and Faith-Based Organisations (R&FBOs), all clerics will be required to obtain formal theological training and to obtain a certificate from a recognised institution.
Fr. Lokodo said, the new policy was in the advanced stage of formulation and cabinet is expected to discuss it to pave the way for the enactment of the law.
However, given the numerous responses and echoes from the fully packed hall, it is evident that all participants disagreed with the proposed policies as they were read and interpreted for them at the event.
They also voted unanimously to reject all the new policy and advised the minister to shelve it or remove what they termed as anomalies likely to jeopardise Uganda’s position as a secular state without a state religion.
“The policy has ill-intentions and we suspect the minister’s motive at this time. We therefore need a neutral person in charge of it,” Kiganda told the Pastors who yelled in unison.
The meeting, which listened to various leaders suggested that all Pastors append their signatures on a petition they intend to submit to cabinet and parliament pointing out what they referred to as lope holes in the minister’s proposed policies and asking the two arms of government to set them aside.