Former presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu has challenged religious leaders to emulate the late Archbishop Janani Luwum.
The National Unity Platform (NUP) party president Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine has challenged religious leaders to emulate the late Archbishop Janani Luwum.
Kyagulanyi made the remarks on Tuesday during a press conference held at the NUP party offices in Kamwokya. He said that church leaders these days fear to speak the truth because they are worried that they might be killed or arrested.
“Religious leaders seem to have turned into business dealers. They fear Museveni more than God. I want religious leaders to reflect on the life that Janani Luwum lived,” Kyagulanyi said urging priests, Bishops and other leaders to be good disciples just like Archibishop Luwum did.
Janani Jakaliya Luwum was the archbishop of the Church of Uganda from 1974 to 1977 and one of the most influential leaders of the modern church in Africa.
He was arrested in February 1977 and died shortly after. Although government sources then linked his death to a car crash, it is generally accepted that he was murdered on the orders of President Idi Amin.
Speaking about his work, Kyagulanyi said it will be hard for present-day religious leaders to leave a life like that of late Luwum because they are centred on physical and material riches.
The NUP president also spoke about the current court proceedings concerning his petition challenging Museveni’s victory in the just-concluded presidential elections.
He said he is ready to withdraw his petition if Justice does not prevail. Kyagulanyi revealed that some judges part of the nine that were chosen to hear out his case have conflicts of interest which do not guarantee that he will attain a fair hearing.
The NUP leader, in particular, pinpointed three judges including Chief Justice Owiny-Dollo, justice Mike Chibita and Ezekiel Muhanguzi whom he said has a strong relationship with Gen Elly Tumwine the current security minister.
“We want to put the Supreme Court on notice that if this persists, we are not going to be part of that mockery, the next step is to take the matter to the public court,” Kyagulanyi revealed.
“We understand that Chief Justice Owiny-Dollo has close political contact with President Kaguta Museveni having been the president’s defence lawyer in 2006. Mike Chibita, another judge on the panel, was President Museveni’s private secretary on legal affairs for seven years and Ezekiel Muhanguzi is a relative to Gen Elly Tumwine who is the security minister.”