Bishop Olwa in his message, asked the congregation to vote president Museveni for appointing some people in Lango in top government positions. Olwa accused some NRM supporters in Lango for failing to mobilize voters for Museveni. He noted that voting for Museveni will open doorways for development in Lango.
A row has erupted between Christians of Lango Diocese, opposition
political parties and the Lango Bishop Rt. Rev. Alfred Olwa following his move
to mobilize support for President Yoweri Museveni.
at a thanksgiving prayer held in the home of Rebecca Otengo, Uganda's
to Ethiopia in Wicere Village Apala Sub County in Alebtong district
Bishop Olwa told Christians to appreciate President Museveni with votes,
for appointing key people of Lango into positions of responsibility.
Bishop Olwa said that voting for Museveni will open doorways for
development in Lango.
in: “Ka dong nino …
out… gi joo amedo.”//
the 14 of January 2021, go and massively vote Museveni; he gave us an
ambassador, voting Museveni will open doors for development in Lango, voting
him is a reward for a job well done, some NRM here are putting on yellow but they
are not asking for votes for the president, please vote him,” he told the
But the Bishop's move has
generated mixed reactions in Lango sub-region and prompted opposition
politicians in the area to call for his resignation. Moses Mawa, the
chairperson National Unity
Platform-NUP in Lira district and Lira City says that Bishop Olwa should
resign from the work of God and join politics if he is interested in it.
observes that the bishop or a servant of God is somebody that people with problems
including politicians irrespective of political affiliation run to for
guidance. On the basis of this, he adds, he ought to be impartial and a symbol of unity for the flock.
in; “Jo adong pe…
out… dong oloo oko.”//
him remove the collar and openly join partisan politics, men of God like him
should stand independent to guide us, as of now let him tell some of us who do
not support Museveni, where we should run, with his bias mind he must resign,”
he said in an interview.
Otyama Ogongson, the Chairman of the Forum for Democratic change-FDC
party in Lira district wondered how the man of God will be in a position
to rebuke the NRM government or
state forces when they violate peoples rights.
in; “Ka oloko acalo…
out… iye ni ngo.”//
Former MP Isha Otto Amiza, a
member of the UPC faction headed by Peter Walubiri observes that the
bishop has a right like any other Ugandan to say whatever he
likes on the election as long as he is able to make clear that it is his
opinion. He adds that otherwise, the position can cause divisionism
in; “If the Bishop …
out… his own people.”//
the NRM publicity secretary for Lira district Jacob Ocen said the
made by Bishop Alfred Olwa shows that the spiritual leader is showing
people the right political direction as an appreciation for the
of the NRM government.
in; “Ka ngat ape…
out… lobo tye iye.”//
is wise to vote for a candidate likely to win like president Museveni, as a man
of God, Bishop Olwa was showing his Christians, the light and the way to
development to secure their future, just like Bishop Tembo of West Angkole
diocese who openly joined NRM party and registered as the party member with his
entire family members,” he said in a telephone interview.
Joshua Kitakule, the Secretary-General of the Inter-Religious
Council of Uganda says religious leaders who campaign for particular candidates
are defying their code of conduct. He, however, says they don’t have the powers to penalize anyone who does so.