Ugandan Clerics tasked to reject UGX 5 billion Presidential pledge

Ugandan Clerics tasked to reject UGX 5 billion Presidential pledge
President Yoweri Museveni with Members of the Inter-religious Council after a meeting

A cross-section of Members of Parliament has asked religious leaders to reject the five billion shillings pledge made by President Museveni saying it will compromise the Church.

President Museveni made the pledge on Friday, during a meeting with religious leaders under their umbrella body Inter-religious Council of Uganda. The money, according to the president, is to facilitate the council to fight poverty, among the flock.

But Buhweju County MP Francis Mwijukye says the money is intended to destroy the strong foundation of the Church. According to Mwijukye, the Church is supposed to hold the government accountable, which role cannot be played when the institution is weakened by presidential donations.

Mwijukye adds that the offer is a fraudulent transaction which the church should not be party to. Instead, it should be channelled toward supporting community initiatives to eradicate poverty.

Similarly, Nakaseke South MP Ssemakula Luttamaguzi says Uganda is doomed if religious institutions are penetrated with schemes that could divert them from their core mandate.

Nakifuma County MP Robert Ssekitoleko says that although support to the Church is inevitable, such donations need to be institutionalized and reflected in the budgetary estimates for the financial year.