By Our Reporter
More pentecostal churches in Uganda will soon be able to conduct weddings in their premises after the pentecostal body’s revelation that it is going to issue more wedding licenses.
Alex Mitala, the chairman of the National Fellowship of Born-again Pentecostal Churches in Uganda says at lest every born again church will acquire a wedding licence. “Every born-again church is in the process of acquiring a licence. We are rushing to register because we have constructed permanent buildings and parking space, since that is what the Government requires of us in order to wed,” said Mitala,according to New Vision
“If the Government law was not lousy and complicating the way we are supposed to conduct weddings, we would not panic because we have the people and capacity to wed anyone who is ready for marriage in order to avoid cohabiting.”
The pastor says government should alter the amendment on authorising pastors to wed couples in their churches. He says pastors should be allowed to wed people as soon as they are registered as pastors.
“…As soon as the person has been registered as a pastor, there should be no need to get a licence to wed,” he said.
According to Ugandan laws, mosques, Anglican and Catholic churches are automatically licensed to wed couples. Non-traditional churches such as Pentecostals, Bahai Temple, the Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses and Seventh Day Adventists, are required to register for a licence before they can wed couples.
Out of the 137 Pentecostal churches in Kampala ,only 50 have licences. Some of the Pentecostal churches in Kampala with wedding licenses include; Faith Mission of Uganda in Lira, Kansanga Miracle Centre, Deliverance Church, Makindye, Jesus Heals, Kabalagala and Prayer Centre, Muyenga.