By John Ssentongo
The Archbishop of Kampala Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga said religious leaders told Uganda’s President, Mr Yoweri Museveni, to reign on security forces to stop unleashing violence upon Ugandans.
Dr Lwanga revealed that in the aftermath of Arua municipality by election when 33 opposition leaders were beaten, arrested, and jailed in Arua and Gulu, religious leaders met with Mr Museveni where they told him not stop torturing Ugandans.
“We were happy that when Hon Bobi Wine and Hon Zaake returned home peacefully after treatment, none was beaten up,” the Catholic top cleric in Uganda said during Christmas Mass at Rubaga cathedral.
The archbishop spoke against humanity rights abuses, saying many African leaders had diverted from the reasons they sought independence from colonialists in the mid 20th century.
The archbishop also spoke passionately about Christians funding church activities, albeit voluntarily. He said earlier in the year the media misquoted him saying he proposed church tax. He said he was quoting the Bible which imposes the 10 per cent Levy on the income of believers. He said it was working perfectly well in Germany and Italy. However, he explained, it was not compulsory.
Minister JC Muyingo who represented government said nothing will shake peace enjoyed in Uganda.
Charles Peter Mayiga, Buganda Kingdom Katikkiro said state sponsored violence and land grabbing should stop.