Namirembe Cathedral Choir Suspension: A House Divided?

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Namirembe Cathedral Choir Suspension: A House Divided?
Bishop Moses Banja

The Ugandan religious community is abuzz with debate following the suspension of the Namirembe Cathedral Choir. Bishop Moses Banja's decision, acting through the Diocesan Council, has exposed rifts within the church, leaving some questioning his motives and others yearning for reform.

Supporters of the Bishop's action, like retired Reverend Augustine Magala Musiwufu, see it as a necessary step to cleanse the cathedral and restore order. Reverend Magala views the move as akin to "renovating the cathedral" and eliminating clutter. He commends Bishop Banja's leadership, suggesting he is "holding the right tail of the stick."

Magala further criticizes a culture of silence within the clergy, particularly regarding their reliance on government handouts while failing to advocate for the people they serve. He laments, "Clergy who beg the government...have killed the ministry and destroyed hope."

However, whispers of a power struggle loom large. Magala himself acknowledges a long history of internal conflict within the Diocese, attributing it to "politics played in the church" and "greed among the ministers." He reveals past disagreements with the choir during his own time as Dean, hinting at longstanding tensions.

Magala advocates for a return to a simpler past, where churches were funded by their congregations and independent of government influence. He passionately urges the clergy to "stop the government from shutting your mouths..."

The future of Namirembe Cathedral remains uncertain. Whether the choir's suspension is a genuine effort at reform or a symptom of deeper power struggles is yet to be determined. One thing is certain: the famed choir's silencing has sparked a conversation about the Ugandan church's direction and its ability to heal internal divisions

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