UGANDA: Spy system: Bishop Zac rallies priests to reject Museveni
KAMPALA (@UG_EDGE) – The Anglican Assistant Bishop David Zac Niringiye says the question of spies is what any state does, whether that is civil society institutions, it is in the interest of the state to know who says what, where.
That is normal and nothing shocking about it, Zac said while appearing on NBS television to comment on media reports tagging Archbishop Kizito Lwanga in plot to overthrow President Museveni.
“But what should concern us is that the state spy system don’t serve the purpose of the state for the benefit of the citizens, these institutions have been reduced to serve a particular person, president Museveni,” Zac argued.
He said the collapse of institutions to serve the interests of one person is what should worry Uganda because they no longer have a state of Uganda but have a Museveni state.
He said the challenge that President Museveni faces is that the church has failed to serve his interests and have stood ground to serve the greater purpose of God.
“He is hearing that there are people institutions that are simply saying no.”
According to Zac, Uganda joint Christian Council in 2004 was very clear that the removal of presidential term limits was wrong but Museveni wanted that so it got done.
Church leaders were loud and clear that the push to remove presidential term limits was wrong, he noted.
“President Museveni can no longer claim legitimacy based on God, because authority comes from God. This has happened throughout history, those who wield political power seek to compromise everything when they are losing hold of power.”
He said the spy system isn’t being used for the security of the state, it’s being used for the security of a regime, for the longevity of a particular person.
“I’m really grateful to God because religious leaders are standing ground to say no.”
He added: “Religious leaders aren’t living in fear. We have just heard Archbishop Kizito Lwanga say he is ready to die for the right thing and that’s really part of the calling and the truth will always triumph over lies.”
He said religious leaders must rightly speak out on education, health care, issues of governance and they do, they have the right to be able to say that because such efforts send us back to the past.
“They are really concerned that this push by Museveni is taking us to the edge. Give it to president Museveni, he is very sharp, he knows how to play with public views. He knows that if he can now associate himself with a man who fought for justice, but that is a political move.”
Zac noted that the recognition of Janan Luwum doesn’t need president Museveni, it’s already recognized by the church.
“President Museveni has decided to not listen to those who speak to him in private. I can say this, countless religious leaders have spoken to him from all traditions telling him he has led the country in the wrong direction.”
He went on: “The time has come where we all have to talk about this, the judiciary has to speak out. I’m greatly in support for national dialogue because that is a choice Uganda has to make. If we don’t have dialogue, the option is violence. Should he refuse dialogue now, the country will resort to violence.” AUTO – GENERATED; Published (Halifax Canada Time AST) on: April 08, 2018 at 03:04PM