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Kigezi bishop bans politics in church

By Vision Reporter

Added 26th October 2004 03:00 AM

NORTH Kigezi Bishop the Rt. Rev Dr. Edward Muhima has directed all clergy in the diocese to bar politicians from using the church to campaign.

NORTH Kigezi Bishop the Rt. Rev Dr. Edward Muhima has directed all clergy in the diocese to bar politicians from using the church to campaign.

By K. Muhanga

NORTH Kigezi Bishop the Rt. Rev Dr. Edward Muhima has directed all clergy in the diocese to bar politicians from using the church to campaign.

“Some politicians have found the church to be a ground to politick themselves; this is very bad and should be condemned.

“The church is a holy place and anything that may bring discomfort into the hearts of the faithful should be barred from the church,” he said.

Muhima was addressing a diocesan council at the Mothers’ union hall, Kinyasaano in Rukungiri town recently.

He urged the clergy to concentrate on things that united people than pulling them apart.

He cautioned the clergy against involving themselves in open politics but added that they could participate by offering advice.

During the 2001 presidential and parliamentary campaigns, Rukungiri district experienced turbulent times following a rift between politicians.
At least one person died in a fracas at Rukungiri playgrounds during the campaigns.

Muhima warned that such fights should not be repeated.

“Take politics to the people but don’t bring it to the church,” Muhima said.

The diocesan secretary, the Rev. Can. John Muhumuza, said the meeting marked the end of the financial year.

President Yoweri Museveni, while addressing the Uganda local government Authority association members at Lake View regency hotel in Mbarara recently, also cautioned politicians against using churches and funerals to politick themselves.

Kigezi bishop bans politics in church

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