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President Museveni-Archbishop Lwanga talks good for the country

The meeting between President Yoweri Museveni and the archbishop of Kampala, Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, early this week meant to resolve their differences – imagined and real – is good for the country.

These are all influential leaders; therefore, the uncertainty surrounding their lives and suspicions against each other inevitably affects their followers negatively.

The matter had escalated to an extent that Archbishop Lwanga had even lost faith in some of the priests, nuns and seminarians around him.

The prelate suspected some of them had been hired by the state to spy on him. The president, too, was suspicious the man of God was involved in activities aimed at removing him from power unconstitutionally.

We shall not probe the veracity of these allegations, but it is imperative not to just sweep the matter under the carpet.

The church has power to unite, inspire, comfort and give hope to the people. And the preaching of the religious leaders sometimes is laden with real-life experiences, which sometimes bring them into conflict with the interests of the state.

Unfortunately the church, in that regard, is looked at as the one instigating rebellion or dissent against the state. So, the state is uncomfortable, and this opens up floodgates of suspicions and; hence, the bad blood between church leaders and the president.

It is our hope that the discussions were sincere, honest and went to the real root of suspicion between the two leaders. It is also hoped that by the time the two parties sat to discuss, they had really made up their minds to bring this unnecessary apprehension to an end.

We hope those who have been stoking the negative fires between the two leaders have also stopped and embraced the talks with good faith.

The country does not need conflicts between the church and the state.

Comments

0 #1 Miki 2018-04-11 20:01
President Museveni's strategy to dominate Uganda has always been premised on one strategy - sow discord, divide, intimidate, destroy, conquer, dominate and rule.

Same operating manual used by the colonialists and later Milton Obote. It is no accident that he has systematically destroyed all manner of organized social, political, professional, business, social and civic organizations in the country except those deemed friendly to the NRM.

Other religious denominations have already been hijacked and incorporated into the NRM political machine.

Only the catholic church is not yet totally hijacked yet, hence Mr. Museveni's machinations. This was not a meeting to iron out anything, it is simply a vehicle to buy Museveni time as he readies himself to pounce again.
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0 #2 Lakwena 2018-04-12 08:32
Quoting Miki:
President Museveni's strategy to dominate Uganda has always been premised on one strategy - sow discord, divide, intimidate, destroy, conquer, dominate and rule.

Other religious denominations have already been hijacked and incorporated into the NRM political machine.

Only the catholic church is not yet totally hijacked yet, hence Mr. Museveni's machinations. This was not a meeting to iron out anything, it is simply a vehicle to buy Museveni time as he readies himself to pounce again.


Miki, the Catholic Church is about 1,618-year old and counting unshakeable "state in itself", .

Hence it is inhijackable by a mere, greedy and myopic political yo yo like Mr. M7.

Poland E.g., which is almost 100% Catholic, could not submit to the 70-year Soviet led Marxist Lenin imperialism.

In other words, it was the Catholic Church, which broke the back of Communism.
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0 #3 Miki 2018-04-13 08:57
Lakwena, the catholic church is as old as you stated and will probably survive for another thousand years.

It has also weathered many storms during that long span. Mr. Museveni knows all that history.

But Mr. Museveni in his transactional manipulation is not plotting his fight for a thousand years. He must also be aware that he can't completely take over this institution.

Mr. Museveni just wants to sow discord in the catholic church and temporarily isolate Archbishop Lwanga (who still has some wherewithal to call out the government on its many shortcomings) from the rest of the bishops for just long enough to achieve a short term goal of silencing him.

Museveni sneaks in through the back door, instigates rebellion among the Archbishop's charges and then appear at the front door as the pacifier.
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+1 #4 Miki 2018-04-13 17:09
The current spat between President Museveni and Archbishop Lwanga is all about 2021 and the possible Amama Mbabazi factor in that election.

With the age limit issue already sorted out in the constitution, Mr. Museveni will qualified to contest again. But so will Amama Mbabazi, a catholic with deep contacts and friendships with key people in the church including Archbishop Lwanga.

Museveni must be displeased that Amama Mbabazi is still given the big platform by the church when it comes to organizing and managing important functions such as the Namugongo day.

Museveni would be happy if Mbabazi disappeared into the sunset so that he is forgotten by 2021, yet the church seems to bring him back into the sunshine. That is Archbishop Lwanga's cardinal sin.
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0 #5 Jama 2018-04-14 13:58
The Catholic church was there before he was and the same church will outlive him.

Who knows if this guy will see 2021.Anything can happen anytime.
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