Clergy turn the heat on government as Christians celebrate Easter
• I have no interest in your seat, Archbishop Lwanga tells Museveni.
•Man attacks Bishop Luwalira
“Speak out wherever you are if you can, speak out against what is not going on well in our country” so said Bishop Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira of Namirembe diocese.
He was delivering his Easter Sunday homily at St Paul’s cathedral Namirembe.
At some point, Luwalira sounded cautious against making direct attacks on government officials that have consistently warned religious leaders not to comment on governance issues.
But he had to deliver his message boldly but carefully.
“I don’t need to be highly educated see what is wrong. The killings have become so rampant…if I keep quiet and all the others also remain silent, how this country be if none tells the leadership about the wrongs?” The Namirembe prelate wondered.
He urged government to counsel from religious leaders in good faith.
Luwalira spoke against greed that he said was responsible for the widely spread cases of land grabs and corruption in government.
Earlier, there was tension as a man who appeared to be possessed moved towards Luwalira.
Security men had to act swiftly to whisk the man away.
At Lubaga Cathedral, the Archbishop of Kampala Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga retaliated his Good Friday message to President Museveni to stop acting on misinformation.
“There is no reason why you should be worried of us. We have no interest in taking over state power,” Lwanga said.
Like Jesus, Lwanga said, the role of religious leaders is being misunderstood, saying it is the reason why there is a growing fear that some clergymen are eying the presidential seat.
“On Good Friday, I told you about a phone call I received from a man with a Western Uganda accent who claimed to be part of the intelligence services. He told me that many clerics not only from the Catholic Church but even those from other religious groups had been recruited into the government’s spy networks and are being paid a lot of money,” Lwanga said.
Much as the government came out on Saturday to downplay Lwanga’s statements, the head of the Roman Catholic Church in Kampala seemed unmoved by the government’s attacks against him.
“I want to retaliate my message to President Museveni; don’t act on false information. I want to tell all the spies who are here, whether you’re from ISO, ESO or CMI, stop feeding the president on lies,” the Archbishop said.
“Mr President, we love you so much but do the right thing, don’t act on falsehoods. This is the message I want to give to all leaders, be truthful,” Lwanga added.
Reminding his congregation of the biblical 10 commandments, Lwanga wondered why some in positions of responsibility had turned to character assassinating others.
“Character assassination, accusing others falsely is also murder. Many have been killed out of the false accusations that have been made against them,” Lwanga said.
Like Luwalira, Lwanga also spoke against the rampant killings, kidnaps and land grabs.