The Zoe Fellowship Ministries led by Prophet Elvis Mbonye has returned to Kyadondo Rugby ground, Lugogo following concerns of the use of the Lugogo Cricket Oval.
The fellowship that happens every Tuesday, had barely spent a month at the Cricket oval before the Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) cried out that cricket games were cancelled due to the fellowship.
The Inspector General of Government, Irene Mulyagonja Kakooza in a 5th June letter directed the National Council of Sports (NCS) to suspend their contract with Prophet Elvis Mbonye’s ZOE Fellowship Ministries for the use of Lugogo Cricket Oval.
The Ministry had signed a two year contract (worth over Uganda Shillings 200million) to use the Cricket Oval every Tuesday.
In the letter copied to the First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports, Janet Kataaha Museveni and the State Minister for Sports, Charles Bakkabulindi, the IGG, says there will be a systematic review of operations and management of NCS.
The letter alleges that the Lugogo Cricket Oval was irregularly contracted out for the use of the Zoe Fellowship Ministries for it’s massive public prayer rallies much to the detriment and prejudice of the state of the grounds and activities of Cricket.
However following the concerns raised by the IGG, Zoe fellowship on Tuesday, June 12th moved to Kyadondo Rugby ground where they had been hosted before for over a year, but had moved due to the condition of the ground when it rains.
On his Facebook page, Mbonye announced that they were temporarily moving to Kyadondo.
“Special notice, we are temporarily changing venue for tomorrows’ Zoe Fellowship. It’ll be at KYADONDO RUGBY GROUNDS, as we delve further in things no eye has seen yet! Remember, “…sit at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool” – Psalms 110:1″ the post read.
In the fellowship, Mbonye preached about building one’s self up, to go to a much higher ladder, but not going down. He also said it is God’s responsibility to keep man from falling.
Before moving to Kyadondo, Zoe Fellowship Ministries were held at Kololo Airstrip and Pearl of Africa hotel. The fellowship attracts mostly young workers in the central business area.
Several born again fellowships like Phaneero led by Apostle Grace, the Watch man led by Joseph Kabuleta and Zoe led by Prophet Elvis Mbonye take place at Lugogo, which is considered an area with adequate space and also with close proximity to town.
Because of the huge numbers of their crowds that are in thousands, the fellowships have struggled with venues, something that has led them to grounds like the Cricket Oval, UMA grounds, Lugogo Indoor Arena, Kyadondo and National Hockey stadium among others.