By Joyce Namutebi
Bornâ€“again Christians have formed an umbrella body.
Dr. Joseph Sserwadda of the Victory Christian Centre in Ndeeba, Kampala said on Saturday that the Born-Again Faith Federation of Uganda received its certificate from the Registrar on February 19.
He said the federation would be chaired by a â€œPresiding Apostleâ€, an equivalent of an archbishop in the Anglican Church.
Speaking from the federationâ€™s offices on Millennium Chambers in Najjanankumbi, Kampala, Sserwadda said he was elected on February 23 as the presiding apostle for two years.
He is deputised by Bishop Julius Peter Oyet of the Life Line Ministry.
Other office bearers will be elected, he said.
Sserwadda said the body was formed on the advice of the Government, following a request by the Born-gain to be recognised as a distinct faith in Uganda.
â€œOn February 14, 2006 the President responded to our call for recognition. From that day, we have been holding meetings with the ministries of justice, internal affairs, and ethics and integrity,â€ he said. The federation, he said, would oversee church activities.
â€œIt will be responsible for registering churches,â€ Serwadda added.
However, ethics and integrity minister Nsaba Buturo denied Sserwaddaâ€™s assertion that the Born-again had been recognised.
â€œWe have not done that at all. It is true that we have had meetings over the issues, but we have not reached that conclusion,â€ Buturo said.