Religious leaders face criticism for snubbing opposition's end of year prayers

Religious leaders face criticism for snubbing opposition's end of year prayers
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By Ramson Muhairwe

Religious leaders are under fire from opposition figures who accuse them of double standards after a notable absence from end-of-year prayers organized by the National Unity Platform (NUP).

The opposition had extended invitations to representatives from all religious sects, but not a single religious leader attended, prompting scrutiny and frustration.

Dr. Kiiza Besigye, former presidential candidate, expressed disappointment, stating,

"This blatant snub raises questions about the commitment of religious leaders to impartiality. If they attend government functions, why the reluctance to join opposition-organized prayers?"

Gen. Mugisha Muntu, Chairperson of the Alliance for National Transformation (ANT), echoed similar sentiments, emphasizing the perceived incompetence of religious leaders.

"Attending government prayers while avoiding opposition events showcases a concerning bias. Leaders in such positions should be impartial," Muntu asserted.

Despite the absence of religious leaders, opposition figures, including Dr. Besigye and Gen. Muntu, gathered at the end-of-year prayers under the banner of the United Forces of Change.

Their focus was on praying against the ongoing detention, arrests, and human rights violations prevalent in the country.

"The violation of human rights is non-partisan; it affects everyone. Religious leaders should recognize this and stand against injustice regardless of political affiliations," Dr. Besigye emphasized during the event.

National Unity Platform President, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, commonly known as Bobi Wine, seized the opportunity to address accusations of supporting the gay community.

He refuted government's smear campaign and alleged that individuals detained by security agents reported instances of sodomy.

In a united stance, the opposition leaders emphasized the divine origin of leadership. "Leadership comes from God," they declared collectively, underscoring the spiritual aspect of their political endeavors.

The criticisms against religious leaders for their absence at the opposition's prayers highlight growing tensions and concerns over impartiality in the political landscape.

As the nation grapples with these issues, questions linger about the role of religious figures in fostering unity and justice for all.

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