Church of Uganda Archbishop Stanley Kazimba Mugalu has appealed to President Yoweri Museveni to make adjustments in his yesterday’s decision to among others reopen places of worship.
After 6 months of shut down, President Museveni last night allowed places of worship to reopen, but to observe a number of restrictions, among them ensuring that no more than 70 people attend at a time.
Addressing journalists at Namirembe on Monday, Kazimba asked government to consider adjusting this number basing on the space available for each place of worship.
“My own Cathedral for example, averages 4,000 people on a Sunday spread across three different services. To cater for all 4000 people in groups of 70, we would need to schedule 57 different worship services, which is simply not practical, ” Kazimba said.
He asked government to also allow public worship provided that all SOPs are observed.
“We also urge the continuation of all media-based worship services, whether by radio, TV, Facebook, YouTube, or video conferencing, and for families to utilize them in their household routine of Worship at Home.”
On schools re-opening for candidate classes and finalists, Kazimba urged all Church of Uganda-founded schools to work closely with the Ministry of Education to ensure the safe return of our children to school.
“The Provincial Directorate for Education is also available for support. We thank the National Council for Higher Education for approving UCU to begin offering online classes in a few weeks. This is a breakthrough in Business Unusual; UCU’s leadership and administration is also to be commended for the many hours of work and preparation to reach this milestone”
Meanwhile, Archbishop Kazimba declared Sunday 4th October 2020, a thanksgiving Sunday as churches are partially reopened to resume public worship.
Early on in the lockdown, Archbishop Kazimba said that when churches are reopened for public worship, the Church of Uganda would have a general thanksgiving to the Lord.
“Early on in the lockdown, I promised that when churches are reopened for public worship, we would have a general thanksgiving to the Lord for bringing us this far. I therefore invite every congregation in the Church of Uganda to observe a thanksgiving Sunday 4th October. If you have been setting aside your offering and keeping it until this day of thanksgiving, it is now here,” he said.