The former Minister for Ethics and Integrity, decease James Nsaba Buturo has called upon Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) to reconsider their decision to start arresting street preachers from the city centre.
KCCA put out the announcement last week that they would arrest and prosecute such people whose acts are in contravention of the KCCA Maintenance of Law and Order Ordinance of 2006.
Buturo told the media on Monday that the move is uncalled for and a direct attack on the religious institution in the country.
“The act to ban street preachers is demonic and intended to demean God in our nation; KCCA has no right to stop street preachers since their mandate is God given, cheapest ” Buturo said.
The former minister equated the KCCA move to the biblical Pharisees that arrested and crucified Jesus Christ, adding, “If Jesus was here, KCCA would have arrested Him.”
He added that while he understood that some people that have abused the street preaching business, this should not call for the total ban of the exercise.
“Regulations are extremely important and what government should do is to simply create guidelines that will govern street preacher. However, it should be done in consultation with religious and spiritual leaders” Buturo observed
KCCA says the directive is targeting street preachers who use loud speakers and inconvenience other people doing their businesses.
The Authority Deputy Spokesperson Robert Kalumba told us last week that they would first hold consultation with church leaders on the matter.