Elections Must Continue – Church Leaders Challenge Arch Bishop Lwanga’s Statement

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A section of religious leaders have disassociated themselves from remarks by the Archbishop of Kampala Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga calling for postponement of next year’s presidential elections for three years.

Yesterday while addressing a news conference in Kampala on behalf of the Uganda Joint Christian Council (UJCC), Archbishop Lwanga said many politicians are not following the standard operating procedures which has escalated the spread of Covid-19, with more deaths expected after elections.

He said the constitution should be amended to allow President Museveni to continue ruling during this period of postponement.

However speaking to smlnews reporter, the clergy who declined to be named said the elections should continue since the road map is already midway and postponing it would be a waste of taxi payer’s money which has so far been used in organising the election.

They say that the postponement would disadvantage Ugandans some of whom have prepared themselves off their busy schedule to return to their home districts to wait for voting scheduled on 14th January 2021.

In a bid to prevent the spread of COVID-19 during the election period, the electoral commission issued a number of guidelines which among others include baning of processions and restricting the number of supporters allowed to be at a rally to 200 .

However, since the start of the political campaigns, several politicians have violated these rules prompting security agents to use teargas and live bullets to disperse supporters, especially those of opposition candidates.

As of Wednesday 23rd Dec 2020, Uganda had registered 32,399 COVID-19 cases, 245 deaths and 10,731 recoveries.

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