Banned Evangelist Cleared to Open New Church in Masaka

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He says that he decided to open the church in Kyabakuza to touch the souls afflicted by disease, poverty and alcoholism.

An Evangelist who was banned by the National Fellowship of Born Again Churches in 2006 over allegations of sexual abuses has opened a new church in Masaka. Kennedy Kuteesa was banned after some members of his church accused him of inappropriate sexual behaviour during overnight prayers and counseling sessions. He is said to have smeared oil on the sexual organs of his female followers claiming it was from heaven.  The National Fellowship of Born Again Churches closed Kuteesa’s church and banned him from preaching. 

A team of Pastors led by Leonard Sserwadda, the regional Bishop of Born Again Pentecostal Churches in Masaka investigated the sexual abuse allegations against Kuteesa. The accused went silent for sometime, but has now started a new church in Kyabakuza trading center along Masaka-Mbarara Highway. The church is called Power and Glory church. He also operates an office on Mutto Plaza along Elgin Street in Masaka Town under Power and Glory church, where he conducts fellowships. Pastor Leonard Sserwadda, the Regional Overseer of Born Again Churches in Masaka says they have approved Kuteesa’s operations. He says that they lifted the ban on Kuteesa after he settled the sexual abuse allegations with his victims.
 
He however, says that none of the sexual abuse victims was compensated because they didn't show any interest. Pastor Sserwadda declined to reveal the identities of those sexually abused but says that they were many. He says that Kuteesa pleaded guilty and asked for forgiveness that is why he was banned.Sserwadda says that during the period of the ban, Kuteesa was ordered to stay with Pastor Eriyah Kisakye in Kampala to monitor his activities. He says that police also cleared Kuteesa after reaching an understanding with the sexual abuse victims.

Pastor Kuteesa initially refused to speak to URN saying that he needed to pray over the matter for fear of resurrecting the old scandal. He told URN at his office on Mutto Plaza that he doesn't want to discuss the 2006 scandal because it would destroy his new church. Kuteesa says that the matter was handled and settled, adding that he has started a new life. Dressed in a black T.shirt and navy blue pair of jeans, Pastor Kuteesa told URN that he had secured documents from police, local leaders and church leadership authorizing him to open a new church.

He says that he decided to open the church in Kyabakuza to touch souls afflicted with diseases, poverty and alcoholism. Ben Lwanga, whose house is close to the church says that they are not aware of Kuteesa’s past history. He says they usually see him preaching over the weekends but dint know that he was involved in suspicious practices. Lwanga asks government to re-investigate Kuteesa to establish whether he is fully reformed. Noah Sserunjoji, the Southern Region Police Spokesperson says they don’t have any complaints against Kuteesa. He however says police will revisit the old files if any and see what exactly happened because some of the allegations against him where criminal in nature.

 

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Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

Bindhe says, "My work reflects the Uganda Radio Network unique approach to news." Not many Ugandan journalists would consider or even notice the re-emergence of Water Hyacinth on a lake. Bindhe does.

Truant children will attract Bindhe's attention until he gets to the bottom of their truancy: poverty and the need to work to earn bread for their families. These are the kinds of stories Bindhe is often after.

Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.