NRM Vice Chairperson for Eastern region, Captain Mike Mukula has intervened to resolve internally the impasse between State minister for disaster preparedness Musa Ecweru and Anglican Church priests.
Media has been awash with information that Ecweru on Saturday allegedly assaulted three clergies in Wera Sub County in his constituency of Amuria District for reportedly cultivating on part of land belonging to Wera Seed Secondary School. Minister Ecweru allegedly beat Rev. Simon Peter Olato of Wear Parish in Amuria Archdeaconry, Simon Peter Eriku, a lay reader of St John Wera and Benjamin Otasono, a lay reader of Aten for attempting to grab school land.
While appearing on radio yesterday, Mike Mukula has requested Bishop Nicodemus Eng'walas Okille, Retired Bishop Benard Obaikol, and Bishop John Eitu of Global harvest Church to conduct internal arrangements to resolve the standoff between the Anglican Church in Soroti led by Bishop Kosea Odongo and Ecweru to avoid escalating the matter.
“What has happened is an issue that we can resolve within our house. We should not escalate the matter. Like the bible says let us forgive each other and cause harmony. So I request our church leaders to sit down with Hon Ecweru and have this matter resolved amicably,” Mukula said.
According to a letter from the Provincial Secretariat, Church of Uganda, the three pastors are currently being treated at a church care centre. Rev Canon Captain William Ongeng, the Provincial Secretary, has condemned the attack on Anglican clergies saying “it is unclear why the Honourable Minister and his team chose to travel specifically to the site of the church’s garden to verbally abuse the pastors and beat them.”
“Such behavior is never called for and not befitting one who considers himself a public leader, let alone a child of God. The people elected their MP to represent all of them, not to beat them. If there is a legitimate matter of dispute, there are legitimate ways of resolve them,” Rev Canon Ongeng said, adding that government should consider the character of elected officials before appointing them to higher positions of service. Soroti Church of Uganda Bishop Kosea Odongo has also condemned the act and called for the sacking of Ecweru as Minister.
While talking to New Vision, Minster Ecweru denied assaulting the pastors saying he only asked them to leave school land.