Museveni to religious leaders: Fight poverty and leave politics to me

Edris Kiggundu

Edris Kiggundu

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President Museveni yesterday told religious leaders to stick to their roles and not to meddle in the political affairs of the country.

Meeting the leaders who fall under the auspices of the Inter-Religious Council of Uganda (IRCU) at State House Entebbe, the president, according to inside sources, appeared disturbed by the continued political utterances of some of the religious leaders.

“Do your part and leave me to do mine. As religious leaders, you cannot preach in support of a political position because this will confuse the masses,” Museveni reportedly said.

He said he was tired of being lectured on how to lead Uganda. He told them to instead focus on developmental issues such as finding ways to eradicate poverty.

In February, Bishop Reuben Kisembo told Museveni to consider retiring for the good of the country, attracting a tough response from the country’s number one citizen.

Kisembo’s comments came a month after Parliament had endorsed the removal of the presidential age-limit.

Museveni had gone to Fort Portal to preside over the commissioning of St Elizabeth Chapel at Kyebambe Girls’ School, one of the oldest missionary schools in the region.

A tough talking Museveni told Kisembo that he had brought up the matter in a wrong forum, referring to him as indisciplined .

“There is time for everything, I have come for a fundraising. There should be a disciplined way of interacting,” Museveni said.

At the State House meeting, religious leaders were led by the current chairman Sheikh Shaban Mubajje.


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