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Bishop not amused by coin offers in churchPublish Date: Jan 03, 2014
Bishop not amused by coin offers in church
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The Bishop of West Ankole Diocese, the Rt. Rev. Yona Katoneene. PHOTO/File

By Chris Mugasha

MITOOMA - The Bishop of West Ankole Diocese, the Rt. Rev. Yona Katoneene, has criticised Christians who accumulate wealth, but do not want to share it with the needy.

He said it is common during offertory time for Christians to check in their wallets and pick coins to drop in baskets as offertory leaving behind the big currency notes.

Katoneene said such Christians forget that their achievements are a result of God’s blessings and cautioned them against taking pride in their wealth and forgetting to serve God.

He urged all believers to support widows and orphans, saying it was high time those who are wealthy considered supporting the needy like widows, orphans, street children, the elderly and God’s work like building churches among others.

“It is a warning to all of you. Do not take pride in your wealth because you are not so special,” Katoneene said.

He said this during a thanksgiving service for a city businessman, Dr. Ben Mugasha of BEMUGA Forwarders Ltd on Wednesday preaching at Kyeibaare Church of Uganda in Mitooma district.

Mugasha was thanking God for his achievements, including attaining a honorary PhD in humanities from the United College in US.

Bishop Katoneene carrying a child that Mugasha (right) supported to undergo an operation. Left is the child’s mother. PHOTO/Chris Mugasha


A total of 15 other Ugandans were also awarded for their contribution in transforming society. Mugasha contributed sh15m towards development activities at church.

Congratulating Mugasha upon his achievements, Katoneene compared those who do not want to give back to the needy to a Dead Sea in Israel which only receives water but does not allow it to flow out.

Katoneene said such Christians forget that when they give they get good returns. “From a humble beginning, you are now employing over 150 people.

Your company is among those contributing towards the national development,” Katoneene noted.

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