Cleric slams ‘greedy’ NRM MPs for dividing Ugandans

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Rt Rev Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira

The Bishop of Namirembe Diocese Rt. Reverend Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira, has called upon political leaders to respect each other as fellow Ugandans who love the country equally.

“Personally, I wonder if this age limit bill was an issue which was number one on the priority list,” Kityo told congregants in his Christmas day sermon.

“We have other issues like medical workers who are striking,” he stated, warning leaders against testing the love of God through pushing for initiatives which in the end leave people divided and wounded.

He called upon politicians and religious leaders to act and communicate in a responsible way that emulates the life of Jesus Christ.

“Some politicians and religious leaders today act or talk without thinking of the repercussions of what they are doing,” he pointed out.

He added: “As a result, the leaders say things or act in a way that causes disunity.”

He was referring to the likes of Igara West MP Raphael Magezi who tabled a bill seeking to amend Article 102(b) of the Constitution, which bars people below 35 and those above 75 from contesting for the office of the president.

The bill has since divided Ugandans into various political camps.

Even minister Sarah Opendi condemned the decision to extend the tenure of Parliament to seven years without consulting the electorate.

“As MPs, we have no authority to extend the terms of Parliament. It’s you, the people,” she said.

She added: “For us to be able to have seven years, people must agree through a referendum — something which hasn’t been done.”