Pastor Sserwadda of Victory Church Ndeeba has distanced himself from the recent suggestions made by Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, the Archbishop of Kampala Diocese that calls for the postponement of elections. Pastor Sserwadda is also a member of the Uganda Joint Christian Council.
Sserwadda while addressing journalists at the church on Christmas day said that no one should postpone elections. He said many people including candidates who emerged unopposed have invested in a lot of money. There are only three weeks until elections. This makes postponing not just an economic mistake, but an integrity issue.
He added that the Archbishop’s timing of the statement is wrong. He added that Uganda is at the last phase of winding up the 2021 election and they cannot just halt it now.
“It was supposed to be then, before nominations, before anybody invested in money before anybody did anything.
Now you come when the elections are just around the corner to make such demands? When people have already put in their money? Some people have already won this election unopposed how are you going to tell them.
We have already had riots where people have lost their lives therefore so it’s too late,” Pastor Sserwadda said.
What Lwanga had said
Archbishop Lwanga the Chairperson of Uganda Joint Christian Council (UJCC) on Wednesday asked the government to postpone presidential elections for three years. His reason was that politicians are not following Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) which has escalated the spread of Covid-19.
The Archbishop also asked parliament to amend the constitution to allow President Museveni to continue ruling up to 2023.
“A few days ago, our top leadership of UJCC to which I am the current Chairman, discussed this current entire sad situation at length. We came up with a resolution that we should postpone the presidential elections for at least three years. This is so as to allow both the Covid-19 pandemic and the electoral climate to cool down. It is also to create a favourable political and social environment which will enhance peaceful free and fair elections. This is a debatable proposition that we call upon the Parliament to discuss objectively,” Lwanga had said.
However, Archbishop Lwanga’s statements attracted mixed reactions from a section of Ugandans. Many are accusing the cleric of being a puppet of the ruling government.
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