South Rwenzori Diocese Bishop Jackson Thembo Nzerebende has defended his decision to register as a member of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM).
Bishop Nzerebende on Friday registered in the party’s yellow book at Railway Primary School in Kasese Town in adherence to the party’s ongoing update of its register ahead of the 2021 elections.
But the bishop, who is also the provincial dean of Anglican Church in Uganda, said it is his constitutional right to belong to a political party, which he said cannot interfere in his religious work.
“My registration in the NRM is voluntary personal decision. I will continue putting on my two coats. Christians from all political parties can come to me freely for blessings because I will remain doping my work,” he added.
Bishop Nzerebende also said the he registered for NRM because of its attractive manifesto that promises good services.
His registration is a major boost to the NRM in Kasese area which is deemed to be a stronghold of the opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC). Kasese Municipality Mayor Godfrey Kabyanga said with the bishop coming out openly, more people will join the ruling party.
“We urge you to recruit more members to the NRM. Politics is not like preaching. It is about numbers,” he said.