Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga of Kampala Diocese has said unknown people are threatening his life following his Good Friday remarks that government is recruiting priests to spy on him.
Speaking at the opening of a two-day retreat of the Interreligious Council of Uganda (IRCU) in Entebbe on Wednesday, Archbishop Lwanga said since Good Friday, anonymous callers have 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.
Archbishop Lwanga said on Easter Sunday, unknown people threw letter inside his fence at night.
“So, the following day when the guards came and gave it to me, I opened it and found a list of all those who have been recruited to work for ISO, ESO, CMI and others organs and these included Catholic priests, Anglican priests and Sheikhs,” he added.
He added that while preparing for Easter Sunday mass, his security detail noticed a blank tinted car without number plates parked near his gate, which sped off as his security detail approached it.
“They thought I was going to walk through my gate to go to the cathedral but it didn’t happen, so when the security went near to access who it was, he turned round and rushed only to realize there were no number plates. So what had he come to do? Probably to crush the Archbishop,” Archbishop Lwanga said.
However, the prelate said he does not fear such threats and scoffed at those who think these will intimidate him to stop criticizing the wrongs in government.
“Security comes from God; why are big people being shot yet they have security? So, in my humble opinion, security is assured from God and then of course government should ensure security not only of leaders but also everybody. It is very sad how many people are being killed in cold blood,” he said.
He also confirmed that he will hold talks with President Museveni over his Good Friday remarks on government recruiting clergy as spies on religious leaders.
“All along His Excellency has been saying religious leaders are interfering in politics; it’s the reverse; it’s the government interfering in the church. If I went and recruited somebody in the army, I think I would be arrested, if it’s true ISO, CMI and ESO are recruiting from my priests then its interfering with the administration of my church. I am going to talk to the President and I will do the needful.” he said.
The Mufti, Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubajje, who attended the conference, said the threats will not stop them from carrying out their work as religious leaders.
“In this world, everyone has their own motives and as long as you’re on the right path, there will always be someone who will want it to fail so we as religious leader we take them as tests to deter you from the right path we don’t see it as something new but it rather gives us a challenge to move forward with what we know is right,” he said.