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Serere "Missionaries" Return fom Ethiopia :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Serere "Missionaries" Return fom Ethiopia

Those who have returned include the former Serere Acting District Commercial Officer, Simon Opolot, and his wife, Miriam Arayo who was also employed as Parish Chief in the district, and their children.
Ogobai CHirst Disciples' Church in Kidetok Town Council. This was the coordinating centre for all Christians in Serere.

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A section of people in Serere District who left Uganda for Ethiopia over alleged missionary work have returned.

Those who have returned include the former Serere Acting District Commercial Officer, Simon Opolot, and his wife, Miriam Arayo who was also employed as Parish Chief in the district, and their children.  The others are William Ojangole Jnr among others.

The team is among the 273 people including children who left on February 28, 2023, and settled in Kangatan- Nyangatom- western side of the Omo River, Ethiopia. Since then, the Christian “missionaries” have remained in Ethiopia. In October one of the missionaries William Ojangole died after suffering a heart attack.

Our reporter met with Opolot at his home in Serere, he said that he returned to Uganda because he left his job. He told our reporter that he hadn’t planned to abscond from work but circumstances forced him to stay out of the office for long.

According to Opolot, the mission was planned to last a maximum of one month but situations changed when the team arrived in Ethiopia. He notes that the team was put under security surveillance and their phones confiscated by the Ethiopian government authorities after receiving concerns from the security personnel in Uganda.

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He, however, notes that after six months under security surveillance in Ethiopia, the missionaries had adopted new life in places where they were confined.

“We were hit badly by the media reports from Uganda that portrayed us like cults or some sort of group, threatening the government. But the Ateker people (the Nyangatom) welcomed us; and provided shelter and food in Kangatan. We started living life like home; cultivated crops and opened small businesses,” he said.

He added that the Ugandan missionaries in Ethiopia have opened six new churches after settling there. Opolot says that their journey to Ethiopia was to conduct a conference of two weeks in partnership with Hiwait Biran Church in Ethiopia. Opolot, says he returned to Uganda to continue his job with Serere district local government.

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When Opolot and other Church Missionaries traveled to Ethiopia, he was reportedly struck from payroll, according to the district authorities.  Upon his return, the Police in Serere summoned Opolot on Friday, for questioning but he failed to turn up, according to the Serere District Police Commander, Saulo Musasizi.

The Police also confirmed on Friday that they had received a report of missing officers from the Serere Chief Administrative Officer, (CAO) when the missionaries left.