Kampala Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga has hit back at President.
The arch Bishop while delivering his New Year’s message said church leaders are not interested in taking up political positions and that it is their constitutional right to comment on political issues in the country.
Archbishop Lwanga said the church has a duty to educate citizens on many issues, including political and civic rights.
Archbishop Lwanga’s remarks were in response to President Museveni, who in his New Year message, said some religious leaders sometimes make authoritative statements on political matters they are not competent to discuss.
However, the Archbishop said the Constitution is clear on the responsibilities of the citizens and does not cluster them into different groups.
“The Constitution doesn’t categorise us into groups like some people are trying to portray. It says we are all Ugandans. Today, people are accusing us and abusing us that we should not engage in political talk,” Archbishop Lwanga said.
“That if we want to engage in politics, we should remove our vestments (robes) and aspire for political positions. What we are doing is our work. We are not interested in politics and we shall not be interested in political positions,” he added.
The Archbishop also said the Constitution demands that there should be respect for rights and freedoms of others on freedom of expression, association and assembly.
“I therefore appeal to those concerned, especially the politicians, to read and understand the Constitution before making accusations against other people.”
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