Troubled ADPER Church Gets New Leadership

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From Left: Pasiteri Nsengiyumva Patrick, Umuhoza Aulerie, Pasiteri Ruzibiza Viateur, Rev Karangwa John and Rev. Karuranga Ephraim.

Association des Eglises Pantecote au Rwanda – ADEPR now has a new Executive Bureau in the person of Rev. Karuranga Ephraim as the new speaker of the church.

He was elected today in a close meeting at Dove Hotel.

Details of how he emerged were still scanty as at the time of going to Press, but informed sources said the new speaker Karuranga who takes over from Bishop Sibomana  will head a team made up of Rev Karangwa John who worked as a bishop ADEPR Uganda) as his assistant speaker.

Others voted in to the new executive council of the church include Umuhoza Aulerie who will serve as the senior spokesperson in charge of finance.

Also Nsengiyumva Patrick was appointed as the new executive secretary. The new executive committee comes at a time when Bishop Rwagasana and his co-accused six top leaders of Association des Eglises Pantecote au Rwanda – ADEPR are in prison while they await trial for mismanagement of church funds.

Among the suspects include the popular Bishop Tom Rwagasana, a deputy spokesperson of the ADEPR, His co-accused are; Sindayigaya Theophile, senior spokesperson in charge of economy, Gasana Valens, Executive Treasurer, Christine Mutuyemariya,  the chief finance officer, Pastor Salton Niyitanga, the Special Secretary in office of Rwagasana, and Pastor Leonard Sebagabo, Secretary General of ADEPR.

Timeline of ADPER Troubles

ADEPR has been embroiled in leadership crisis for years with internal wrangles, mismanagement of funds, genocide ideology as well as sectarianism.

For instance, in 2008, scuffles erupted among church leaders of ADEPR in Muhanga, Southern Rwanda – creating two factions within the church accusing each other of harboring genocide ideology.

Three years later, in the same church, pastors demanded top church leadership to intervene after a two-month long feud between pastors became unbearable.

That same year, two pastors from a similar church in Ruhango district were brought before court after they were arrested for swindling church funds.

In 2014, several pastors within ADEPR church were also arrested while convening a rebellious meeting against their leaders.

Police rounded them up at Sports View Hotel in the capital Kigali, while meeting to plot against their leaders whom they accused of being government stooges.

Their cases were handled in courts – a sign that the church administration structure had been hit evil storms that have weakened the church.

In January this year, a group of five ADEPR members created a ‘Restoration Commission’ headed by Dr. Jean de Dieu Basabose – a missionary in the church, with intent to push for changes in the church always marred with internal wrangles.

“The communiqué is a reflection of all Christians in ADEPR and you should believe us. We are mature people who do not just make mere statements; they (Christians) are fed up of irresponsible church leaders,” Basabose told KT Press then.

They accused Church leaders of taking home most of the cash meant for construction of Dove Hotel.

The communique was however dismissed by church leaders headed by Bishop Jean Sibomana – its legal representative who termed it as ‘weakening’ church leadership.

Bishop Sibomana blasted the five church members against taking such a rebellious decision without financial proof.

While ADEPR case remains rampant, latest reports show other Pentecostal churches including Evangelical Restoration Church, Zion Temple which is an affiliate of Authentic Ministry is also going through similar scandals.

 

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