Self-style media consultant, Tamale Mirindi has said that there is no real ‘ ‘Balokole’’ in Uganda. Mirundi claims the majority of those who claim to be Balokole, are just pretending and hiding there for various reasons.
‘‘I worked in State House and I doubt whether there are real “Balokole” in this country. I have written a book on their history.’’ Mirundi noted while on NBS tv, during One -On -One programme where is a regular guest every Tuesday morning.
Mirundi’s comments comes at a time when some leading Pentecostal church leaders have been linked to, witchcraft, theft, corruption, marriage failures, infidelity, stealing follower’s properties and infighting. It is also true that a host of leading pastors who preach forgiveness among their followers do not see eye to eye.
According to the latest figures, Pentecostal churches account for 4.6 percent of Uganda’s 36 million population.
While initiating the Born Again Christian Federation (BCF), one of the umbrella organisations of Pentecostal churches in the country, Pastor Dr Joseph Sserwanda, Senior Pastor of Victory Christian Church Ndeeba, recently estimated the number of Pentecostal Christians to at least four million people. Other Christians claim the number is five million.
The growth both in number and significance of the Pentecostal church witnessed today has its roots in the 1960s. This was a result of the Latter Rain revival movement that swept much of America in the 1940s that gave rise to evangelists like Oral Roberts and T.L Osborn.
It’s this that led to the coming of the first Pentecostal gospel mission to Uganda; the Full Gospel Mission to Uganda from Vancouver, Canada.
This gospel mission team established the first Pentecostal church in Uganda; Naguru-Katale Full Gospel church in 1960. The agenda for Pentecostalism in Uganda had been set, literally.
Today there are over 1350 Full Gospel churches across the country.