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Over 1 000 churches to be demolished

18 March 2015, 21:52 Godfrey Olukya

Kampala - Authorities in Kampala have threatened to demolish over 1 000 illegally constructed churches in the city and its suburbs.

''We have plans to demolish all the illegally constructed churches in Kampala. Some of the church buildings are in very poor state and can collapse any time,'' said KCCA engineer, Robert Okello.

This has come after a cross section of Ugandans complained about noise made in the pentecostal churches especially in residential areas.

They have also complained about street preachers who have recently been on the increase in Kampala city. Many churches, some of which are managed by con men, have also cropped up in Kampala and other parts of the country.

''We cannot sleep at night because of the much noise made in those churches. They start making noise from 10.00 pm until 5.00 am,'' said Solome Nakato, a primary school teacher living at Kawempe, in the outskirts of Kampala.

She said that they have complained several times to police but nothing has been done.

A businessman, Tom Kaya said that there are preachers on every street of Kampala nowadays who shout their voices out as they call for people to give their lives to Christ.

''Unfortunately, the messages sent by some of these people are  biased or meant to divide the people. They attack everyone who does not agree with their faith,'' said Kaya.

He said even the manner in which they shout is not acceptable in modern cities.

Such complaints forced the Kampala city council authority to demolish one of the churches and threatened to do the same to the others.

However, many believers went wild and threatened to demonstrate against the demolition.

The Pentecostal churches have resolved to put in place a delegation to meet KCCA and jointly set up guidelines and  minimum standards under which the churches should operate.

''This comes after reports that KCCA is in advanced stages of demolishing close to 1000 churches that were illegally put up,'' said
Bishop Joshua Lwere, the General Overseer of National Fellowship of Born Again Pentecostal churches of Uganda He said that  the dialogue will be held this week.

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