PAG Conflict: Orombi Skips Mediation Meeting

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However, Orombi skipped the meeting saying he had come to meet representatives of both parties and urge them to forgive each other but not meet pastors and church leaders backing Reverend Mukalo.

Henry Luke Orombi, the retired Archbishop of Church of Uganda has skipped a meeting convened to try and reconcile the warring factions of Lira Pentecostal Asssemblies of God. On Tuesday, Orombi was expected to chair mediation talks between the warring factions at Lira Pastorate headquarters. However, Orombi decided to skip the meeting leaving more than 1000 pastors and church leaders from Amolatar, Dokolo, Lira, Alebtong, and Otuke districts stranded.

He instead met Reverend Simon Peter Emyau, the national overseer of PAG Uganda and the embattled Bishop Reverend Mukalo. Mukalo was suspended by the PAG secretariat last year over allegations of financial impropriety. His suspension led to clashes between his supporters and in favor of the decision by the secretariat. In July this year, Mukalo’s supporters threatened to break away from PAG Uganda. As a result, Orombi offered to mediate the conflict, which saw the church leadership invite several leaders under the PAG pastoral community to meet him on Tuesday.

However, Orombi skipped the meeting saying he had come to meet representatives of both parties and urge them to forgive each other but not meet pastors and church leaders backing Reverend Mukalo. He said it was strange that his mediation mission was turned into a huge meeting. Johnson Adupa, the spokesperson of pastors loyal to Reverend Mukalo says pastors and leaders from other churches had come to interface with the retired Bishop and share with him their complaints against the PAG Uganda secretariat.
 
Adupa claims that Bishop Reverend Mukalo was unfairly suspended since no investigations were carried out on the allegations against him. Bosco Ojok, a pastor under the Lira PAG pastoral communities says Orombi should listen to all parties instead of taking the word of PAG Secretariat as the gospel truth. He also claims that the secretariat has never listened to their concerns. But Martin Ongune, who backs the decision of the secretariat saysMukalo’s group is frustrating the mediation process.

He wonders why all the pastors were invited to attend the mediation meeting, which was only met for a few people.

 

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Ronald Odongo
Ronald Odongo is the URN Bureau Chief Lira, Northern Uganda.A multimedia Journalist, Media trainer and investigative enthusiast. Lira,Apac,Dokolo,Oyam, Kwania, Otuke, Amolatar,and Alebtong districts fall under his docket. Odongo has been a URN staff member since 2012 though he had been a contributor since 2006.

Odongo started out as a bicycle reporter for Radio Unity in 2004. He was Radio Rhino FM's senior reporter, Luo news anchor and station producer between 2006 and 2011. Odongo started out as a freelance writer for Uganda Radio Network in 2006.

Odongo is particularly interested in reporting on community health, and education concerns. Good governance and human rights beats are dear to Odongo as a former Lord’s Resistance Army rebels captive 1996-1998.