The church belongs to Severino Lukoya Kiberu, the father to the late Alice Lakwena, the former rebel leader and founder of the Holy Spirit Movement that battled President Museveni’s government in earlier years.
They accused the church leaders of involving themselves in cult practices, which include sprinkling of water and smearing Shea butter on worshipers allegedly to protect them from bad omen and preaching a false gospel about heaven.
Oringa said the practices remind him of Lakwena who used the same items to lure them into rebellion, saying they would overpower government troops. He says he narrowly survived death on the war front after being tricked into believing that he was protected from the bullets.
Richard Watmon, the Pukony sub county LC III explains that the incident followed a resolution by the sub county security committee held in April this year where it was resolve to block the operations of the church.
He says the leadership of New Jerusalem Tabernacle Church had started erecting a foundation without informing the sub county and local authorities. The New Jerusalem Tabernacle Church ministry is spread all over northern Uganda.
Lukoya claims the church is registered with government as a legal entity and that he was chosen by God in the eighties to spread his word. He says that he had a vision while in prison, to save the world by preaching the gospel of the new heaven. In 2014, authorities attempted to close the church for allegedly practicing mysterious activities and strange rituals – including discouraging their followers from seeking treatment from hospitals.