Outspoken Catholic Priest Fr Gaetano Batanyenda has said the Members of Parliament supporting the removal of the presidential age limit have defied God by keeping a deaf ear to calls by senior religious leaders countrywide to stay the constitutional amendment.
Speaking to journalists in Kabale Town on Friday, Fr Batanyenda said since religious leaders represent God on earth, disregarding their message could land the country in trouble.
“As religious leaders, we are not supposed to be masters or servants of the state but we are conscience of the state. We shall continue playing our prophetic role despite that fact that government has neglected our advice,” said Fr Batanyenda, who is also the chairperson for the Inter Religious Council in charge of Kigezi sub-region.
“Government refusing our advice as senior religious leaders amounts to defiance against God that created heaven and earth. I appeal to the senior religious leaders never to give up their prophetic role as stipulated in 2 Timothy 4:1-5. I am happy that senior religious leaders have demonstrated what their colleagues in Zambia and Malawi to resist such selfish constitutional amendments and our test is to continue showing solidarity with the people that we serve and the future is there to judge us,” he added.
Fr Batanyenda also described as a waste to public funds a plan by Parliament to facilitate MPs to popularize the constitutional amendment targeting the lifting of the presidential age limit.
“Giving MPs money to popularize the lifting of the presidential age limit is undermining the role of the constitutional review commission yet to be put in place. More so why give such billions of money when there are no drugs in health centres? Is the removal of age limit clause from the constitution the urgent need for Ugandans that are living in poverty and the economy is dwindling every day?” Fr Batanyenda said.