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Museveni, Lwanga Meet Privately; Probe into Threats Underway

President Yoweri Museveni on Sunday evening held a private meeting with the Archbishop of Kampala Archdiocese, Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, at Nakasero State Lodge in Kampala.

The meeting came at the heels of claims by the Archbishop on Easter Sunday that government has planted priests to spy on him.

Lwanga said security agencies behind the espionage project in church were the Internal Security Organisation (ISO), Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) and police.

“I was told that Government has recruited spies within the church and they have been given a lot of money- I was told that the spies have reported back that I want to overthrow Government,” he said.

“But I have one message for you Mr President, those people are your enemies …You people in ISO, CMI, Police, stop telling the president lies, Mr President your mind is being poisoned and you are acting on that.”

Speaking at the opening of a two-day retreat of the Interreligious Council of Uganda (IRCU) in Entebbe recently, Archbishop Lwanga said since Good Friday, anonymous callers had been warning him that should he not back off his criticisms against government, he will be killed like Achbishop Janan Luwum, who was assassinated by the Idi Amin regime.

“I got an anonymous call nothing showed on the screen of my phone. The caller told me that some of your religious leaders of all faiths, both Christians and Muslims, are working for government and have been recruited. So I told him I was not aware. Then he told me, ‘Be careful, you might be the next Janan Luwum’. And I told him if God is calling me that way, fine,” he said.

Though the details of the State House meeting couldn’t be revealed by officials, they said “investigations are already underway by the relevant authorities.”

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On Easter Monday, President Museveni spoke with the Archbishop over the phone and they later agreed to meet on a way forward on ironing out the standing matters.

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