27 April 2012

Uganda: Clergy Too Have a Big Role to Play in the Politics of Nation


I wish to react to Henry Mayega, special NRM mobiliser on his comment published in the New Vision on April 17, 2012 under the heading "Clergy should remove the collar and join politics". This is not true that the clergy should only work on strengthening morals.

First and foremost, the Uganda constitution is very clear that every Ugandan has a right to participate in politics regardless of colour or religion. This automatically entitles the clergy to talk and guide people on political wave.

Secondly, the constitution of Uganda also allows any Ugandan to belong to any political party regardless of colour, religion or race. This means that the clergy have a right to belong to any political party and consequently talk about the political situation that is why they vote too.

Thirdly, the clergy are the people who most times guide, see far and beyond, therefore, commenting on the president to retire in the year 2016 it's not bad this is part of their role . This may save him from the bad reputation other presidents have fallen into. I think this clergy who is agitating for the president to step down in the year 2016 has a point and has seen what other presidents who have stayed in power for so long. For example, late Colonel Muammer Gaddafi, Mubutu, Said Barre and others, have gone.

Fourthly, the clergies' audience is the people in the churches, if the clergy as mentioned by Mayega in the article was in the church at All Saints Cathedral, nothing was wrong because he had the right to do that and also did it in the right place and time.

The writer is youth leader in Luweero District.

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