Priest warned against participating in LC1 elections

Voters line up outside a polling station, in Kampala, Uganda, Feb.

The Luweero Anglican Bishop has directed priests not to contest and participate in the forthcoming Village council elections, saying it might split their churches. Bishop Eridard Nsubuga Kironde issued the directive on Sunday shortly after ordaining priests at St. Mark Cathedral Church in Luweero town.

In his speech, Bishop Nsubuga warned the priests against contesting in the LC 1 elections, saying those who want to should resign from priesthood.

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He said that some candidates my see priests as traitors if they don’t stand behind them during the vote. The Bishop also warned the priests against voting in the polls, arguing the mode of voting by queuing behind candidates is inappropriate and may split the church.

Bishop Kironde ordained 17 lay leaders, three deacons and one parish priest whereas 30 lay leaders were put on probation.

The Electoral Commission  had planned to hold the LC I polls in November this year, but suspended them in compliance with two Court Orders issued by the High Court at Kampala and High Court at Jinja on 13th November 2017 which were binding on the Electoral Commission

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