Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, Stanley Ntagali has said that Church is not going to leave matters of leadership and politics to the hands of only the elected politicians.
‘ ‘When you hear the Church making some statements, how do you know that those are not prophetic statements. God speaks through his people and the Church will continue to speak. If there are people saying that the Church should not speak about politics, I encourage them to go back and study what politics is.’’ He said.
Bishop Ntagali made the remarks while leading Ash Wednesday prayers on Wednesday at Parliament.
He explained that politics is a way of governance of the society and stakeholders should not be limited to a certain class of people.
The Archbishop added: As the 10th Parliament, we need justice and kindness. Be mindful of People, the youth, children, women and youth as you legislate. Support the Church and the Church will support you
Ntagali said that the Church is also part of governance and there is no way those in cassocks are going to keep off politics. Adding that at Church and outside like here at Parliament we are also governing or greatly supplementing the same.Ntagali’s remarks come days after President Museveni clashed with Rwenzori Diocese Bishop, Rt. Rev. Reuben Kisembo in the western town of Fort Portal in Kabarole district.
Speaking during the commissioning of the Kyebambe Girls SS, Bishop Kisembo told Museveni to retire after the end of his current term in 2021 to allow Ugandans chance to witness peaceful transition of power.
“Your Excellency, the Constitution has been amended for you to rule beyond 2021. For the good of this country, your family and health, you should not deny us the chance to witness peaceful transfer of power. Please retire in 2021 Mr. President,” Rt. Rev. Kisembo said.
In response, president Museveni described the Bishop’s comments as the ‘ ‘ indiscipline of the highest order.’’
“I think I know the subject matter better and shouldn’t be lectured. We should have disciplined ways of interacting. The casual talk should stop… it is indiscipline of the highest order,” Museveni said.
Ntagali also said that Uganda is going to be a desert; ‘ ‘ we need to tell our people to plant trees. We need to be friends with the environment so that we get more rain and food’’
The Speaker Hon Rebecca Kadaga revealed that parliament is plant trees across the country ‘ ‘ I need your call Your Grace that we need to plant trees. In April, all MPs will get seedlings to plant in their areas’’