Pastor dies for proclaiming Christ in Uganda
Christians in eastern Uganda had what seemed to be an effective strategy for bringing the gospel to Muslims on the banks of Lake Nakuwa. Christians from Namuseru village (Gadumire Sub-County in Kaliro District) would cross the lake to go fishing and, as they interacted with Muslims near Lugonyola village, become fishers of men, inviting them to evangelistic meetings there.
In time hard-line Muslims began warning the Christians to stop evangelising in the area, sources said. The last warning came on the 21st of June, a day before radical Muslims from Lugonyola village beat and drowned 25-year-old pastor Peter Kyakulaga and 22-year-old church member Tuule Mumbya in the lake, one of the pastor’s relatives said.
“We have discovered that your mission is not to fish but to hold Christian meetings and then convert Muslims to Christianity,” one of the Muslims told the Christians, according to the relative. “We are not going to take this mission of yours lightly. This is our last warning to you.”
David Nabyoma, chairman of the local council from Namuseru village, said Christian friends knocked on his door at 10 p.m. the night of the 22nd of June.
“They were requesting help, saying Muslims from Lugonyola had invaded the area around the lakeside, and several Christians were reported to have been injured, including my son,” Nabyoma, a member of the Church of Uganda, told Morning Star News.
“Immediately we rushed to the scene of the incident with several Christians. We hired four boats and drove to the lake and found out that two of the Christians had been badly beaten and drowned in the lake and died instantly,” he added.
Several government officials, including the district police commander, resident district commissioner and other local leaders condemned the killings. Church leaders pleaded with Christians to refrain from retaliating and pray.