Christ the King Church Resists Police Attempts to Block Lunch Time Prayers

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Police deployed around Christ the King Church after news spread that the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party leaders led by Dr. Kizza Besigye had planned to attend the lunch time prayer at the church ahead of his swearing in as the peoples president on Thursday.

There was drama at Christ the King Church in Kampala this afternoon when Police attempted to block the lunch service under the guise that it would interfere with traffic. 
 
Police deployed around Christ the King Church after news spread that the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party leaders led by Dr. Kizza Besigye had planned to attend the lunch time prayer at the church ahead of his swearing in as the people's president on Thursday.
 
 
The officers started screening all those who turned up for the lunch time prayers but they were stopped by the Church leaders led by Monsignor, Gerald Kalumba, the Parish Priest of Christ the King Church.
 
 
He explained to the officers led by Andrew Kaggwa, the Kampala South Regional Police Commander that the church has been holding the lunch time prayers even before Deputy Chief Justice Steven Kavuma issued a ban on the FDC defiance campaign.
 
 
He said attempts by Police to block the prayers would go against God. Despite the fact that Police retreated from the church, Monsignor Kalumba expressed his disappointment. 



While addressing the congregation, Monsignor Kalumba said they will not stop prayers at the church because of an order from court or police, saying God is above everything.


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Monsignor Kalumba however, said during the swearing in of President Yoweri Museveni on Thursday they will only hold the early morning prayers. None of the FDC party leaders showed up at the church for the prayers as had been rumored.
 
 
Police also deployed heavily at Rock International Ministries, which is led by Pastor Ngabo who shot to the limelight for leading the weekly prayers at the FDC party headquarters.
 
Deputy police spokesperson, Poly Namaye, told URN that they deployed at the church on suspicion that the party supporter would sneak into the church as part of the banned defiance campaigns.
 

 

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Ronald Batre
Ronald Batre is so passionate about journalism that he did not wait to finish school before he started his career. This is how he started with Radio Paidha, The West Niler, Daily Monitor newspapers and later with Radio Pacis as Assistant News Editor.

To be allowed to practice his passion, Batre had struck a deal with his parents. He would complete his education. He kept his word and went through school while suporting himself with his journalism.

Entering the workplace so young attuned Batre to the plight of the youth and those who seek employment. Apart from that, he is interested in reporting about politics, local government, business and the environment. A witness to some of the destructive impact of the Lord's Resistance Army rebellion in northern Uganda, Batre is interested in reporting about peace building efforts too.

Uganda Radio Network's former Gulu bureau chief, Batre is now based in Kampala. He is URN's main politics correspondent. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.