Today 26 October marks two years since Uganda lost the controversial city pastor Augustine Yiga ,aka Abizaayo ,of Revival Church ,Kawaala. Time has gone by but Pastor Yiga’s memories still live within us.
On 26 October 2020 ,grief struck born – agains in Uganda with the official announcement of Pastor Augustine Yiga ,died after days in hospital with liver complications.
His death came as a shocker for the born- again fraternity and different personalities allover Uganda ; including celebrities off all kinds and followers sent out their condolences .A couple of musicians as well went a head and released tribute songs to arguably his personality and humanity.
Yiga was born on April 25,1976, in Mpaama Village, Bukomansimbi to Yosef Matovu his and Elizabeth Kwagala. He would come to Kampala to chase his dream life after his Senior Four in the early 90s.
He tried his hand at mending watches. In the late 90s, Yiga would ditch the life of a technician to try his hand at music. His music of choice was Kadongo Kamu. Some say he tried his hand at street gambling before he saw ‘the light’ and went on to become a pastor.
“In 2004, Yiga built his first church in Kiwuunya, Kasubi, about a kilometre from the present church. The kiwempe (makeshift) church only lasted a year before he got a better space in Kawaala next to the Kawaala Health Centre in 2005. In 2009, he moved the church again to the current plot about 200 meters away.
Pastor Yiga was always on the wrong side of controversy for close to two decades. His rise to stardom was the heavily laden phrase, Abizaayo, which is Luganda for “he who sends them back”.
In that phrase, was the message to all and sundry that Pastor Yiga had the ability to not only heal you of witchcraft but also send back the charms to whoever had sent them.