Church of Uganda Archbishop Stanley Ntagali has cautioned the clergy against campaigning to fill positions in the church.
Archbishop Ntagali said it is ungodly for the clergy to adopt campaigning as a means of obtaining leadership positions in church.
Ntagali, who is soon retiring as head of the Anglican Church in Uganda, said he had learnt that church leaders were holding campaigns to take his position.
Elections for the new Archbishop are scheduled for 28th August 2019.
“I never dreamt of being Archbishop but God called me as a catechist in 1979. I was humbled when as I was chosen as Archbishop but am more humbled today as I bid farewell to you,” said Ntagali on Sunday at St. Peters Cathedral, during his Thanksgiving and Farewell Service.
Meanwhile, at the event, Ntagali expressed satisfaction with his accomplishments over his 7 years of service.
“By 2012, we had 34 Dioceses but during my tenure, we created 3 new Dioceses including West Lango, Central Busoga and North West Ankole. Two more including East Busoga and West Rwenzori have been approved by the Provincial Assembly and we hope the Bishops will be consecrated by the next Archbishop,” said Ntagali.
The 64-year-old also revealed that he was only retiring from full-time ministry but not preaching.
He appealed to the congregation to stay steadfast in faith amid several challenges of life including unemployment, corruption, human trafficking, child abuse and others.
At the service, the Archbishop’s wife Beatrice Ntagali appealed for attention to be given to illegal exportation of labor of especially the girl child who she said on several occasions end up in trouble.
Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda praised the outgoing Archbishop for his leadership with integrity, humility and firmness on issues infringing on the Church.
Enthroned as 8th Archbishop on 16th December 2012 Ntagali will retire on 1st March 2020.
The Constitution of the Church of Uganda requires all clergy to retire at 65 years of age and 1st March 2020 will be Archbishop Ntagali’s 65th birthday.