Archbishop Ssentamu defends religious leaders who get gifts from government
Religious leaders are free to take government offers as long as they are not diverted from their mission, the Archbishop of York Dr John Ssentumu has said.
Dr Ssentamu said there is nothing wrong with religious leaders receiving gifts from government or politicians. He made the remarks on Friday while leading a Holy Communion service at parliament.
His remarks come at a time when some religious leaders who reportedly received vehicles and other gifts from government are under attack from their peers who accuse them of being compromised.
In a joint message calling upon Ugandans to actively engage in the country’s governance, the religious leaders under their umbrella body, ‘United for Social Justice and Peace in Uganda’ on Wednesday cautioned their colleagues against accepting gifts from the president, which some allege they are bribes.
However, the government spokesperson, Mr Ofwono Opondo said the religious leaders are using politics as a ploy to remain relevant and for survival.