Museveni: Luwum Murder Galvanised Efforts to Topple Amin

The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, viagra 40mg the Most Rev Stanley Ntagali has defended his decision to storm out of the world archbishops meeting early this week.

His Grace Ntagali on Thursday stormed out of a meeting summoned by the Archbishop of Canterbury, England Justin Welby citing the failure by the meeting to address long standing issues of sexuality within the Anglican Church.

Addressing journalists shortly after his return at Entebbe airport, His Grace Ntagali said the problem stems back in 2003 when the Episcopal Church of the US consecrated as bishop, Gene Robinson, a divorced father of 2 who was by then living in a same sex relationship which he noted should not have been tolerated by the church.

“This was a violation of the Bible and our Anglican tradition. Unfortunately, neither the Archbishop of Canterbury nor any of the other structures of the Anglican Communion were able to discipline the Episcopal Church USA,” he said.

“That meant that the Anglican Communion had become like the time in the Book of Judges when God’s judgment was upon the people of God because it says, “Everyone did what was right in their own eyes.” Even the Anglican Church of Canada has allowed the blessing of same-sex unions in their church.”

The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda said they had since then broken ties with the Episcopal Church USA along with many other Global South Provinces of the Anglican Communion adding they had hoped that the meeting would restore godly order to the Anglican Communion and re-establish the Bible as the authority for faith and morals.

He revealed,” On the second day of the meeting, I moved a resolution to ask the Episcopal Church USA and the Anglican Church of Canada to voluntarily withdraw from all Anglican Communion groups. I was aggrieved to see that the Archbishop of Canterbury, who was chairing the meeting, did not take my resolution seriously and simply moved on to another matter without ever allowing any discussion on it.”

Archbishop Ntagali said that he realized the process would not allow them accomplish the purpose for which they had gathered and decided to quit.

“Our commitment as the Church of Uganda is that we would not participate in any meetings of the Anglican Communion until godly order has been restored. Therefore, I felt it necessary to withdraw from the meeting and stand firm for the convictions of the Church of Uganda and the people of Uganda.”

He however said other Archbishops stayed in the meeting and by Thursday had passed a resolution suspending The Episcopal Church of USA from representing the Anglican Communion in interfaith and ecumenical dialogues plus stopping it from voting in meetings where issues of doctrine and polity were being discussed but said this was not enough form of disciplinary action.

He lashed at the meeting for not re-establishing godly order in the Anglican Church because the Church of USA would still attend other meetings and continue influencing others in their ‘unbiblical positions’.

“I want to assure all Ugandans that the Church of Uganda is still a member of the Anglican Communion. I withdrew from the meeting, but we have not withdrawn from the Anglican Communion. The Church of Uganda is committed to living under the authority of the Word of God and proclaiming the God who so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that all you believe in him may not perish but have everlasting life.”

Archbishop Ntagali was on return welcomed by hundreds of believers who gathered at Entebbe Airport, St. Mark’s Church in Entebbe, and Namirembe Hill.
President Museveni has paid a special tribute to Archbishop Janani Luwum whose precious life was taken by Dictator Idi Amin Dada, pharm saying the deceased “stood for truth, buy information pills justice, symptoms faith and respect of human rights in Uganda and beyond.”

In a speech read by Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda, the president said the late Archbishop Janani Luwum was a “pre-eminent Christian leader, a great Martyr of the 20th Century, and a compelling role model for the world, regardless of faith or any other background.”

Government last year gazetted February 16 as a public holiday in honour of the late Archbishop Janani Luwum.

On 16th February 1977, Archbishop Janani Luwum was murdered by the Idi Amin regime with soldiers secretly transporting his desecrated body to Mucwini for burial.

The body was dumped in a hurriedly dug grave at the primary school at Wii Gweng.

The shocking murder emboldened resistance forces to intensify operations that saw the overthrow of Amin in 1979.

Museveni said Luwum’s death was indeed a tragedy, adding, “He was a gift to Uganda, Africa and humanity.”

During the commemoration event held Tuesday at Martyrs Shrine, Muchwi, Museveni said observed legacy and resonance of Janani’s testimony and example far transcends all levels of his personal heritage.

He said Luwum resisted intimidation of the brutal regime of Idi Amin and ended up paying the ultimate price with his life.

“The death of Bishop Janani Luwum the late Archbishop of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Boga Zaire was a tragedy and a shame to the people of Uganda and Africa in general,” said the President.

“He had a heart for a just society.  He made it his business to confront the injustice and atrocities of Amin.  He made his criticism public. The late Archbishop Luwum never wanted to live in peace elsewhere in the world while his people suffered in Uganda,” he added.

At the height of the extra-judicial killings, Museveni revealed, it is reported that the British contacted Luwum and were ready to take him away from Uganda but he refused to run away.

He is quoted to have said: “If I, the shepherd flee, what will happen to the flock? I am not afraid. In all this I see the hand of God.”

The President said this was a clear sign of love for his country and a strong sense of patriotism which he ultimately paid for with his blood.

Luwum, according to the head-of state, became a major uniting factor and a healing force within a besieged and fractured church and a country in agony and riddled with fear.

“Uganda lost a gallant son, the Church lost the shepherd, the family lost a loving husband and father and the world lost an icon and a courageous leader. They are all receiving him back in a transformed state and a stronger person free from any temporal threat. During his life, he confronted tribalism, religious rivalry and despotism in Uganda,” said Museveni.

“His death is being celebrated because it marked a pivotal turning point for the liberation of Uganda. It was his death that united Ugandans and martyrdom that galvanised international attention for the liberation of Uganda. It set the stage and mood that greatly facilitated and buttressed the subsequent and ultimately the successful Tanzanian led campaign to remove Idi Amin regime.”


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