KAMPALA – Christians on social media have erupted in response to the decision by a Church in Kamwokya to allow officials from government and police to use their premises for what they have said could result in division among believers.
Officials on behalf of President Museveni handed over cash to Ghetto Youth community at Passover Harvest Church in Kamwokya on Monday.
According to a section of Christians, “the church should not be a place for politics but a place of worshiping God.”
The Police and State House officials were led by the deputy government spokesperson, Rtd. Col. Shaban Bantariza who told the youth that if they continue burning tyres, the money which would be spent on developing schools, hospitals and other infrastructure will instead be used to repair the damaged roads.
Bantariza was speaking on behalf of President Yoweri Museveni, the Daily Monitor reported.
“The president has given you this money but I urge you to use it well. You have been given 100m but if you use it well, in future you will get more than that,” Col. Bantariza said.
“I wonder how a Church comes out to be the epitome of all bloody money I hear given to the youth,” one social media said.
“Giving out money that way without proper guidelines and sensitisation is a sign of economic and political sickness. You are economically and politically ‘poisoning’ the already devastated youth. Economic and political power greed is disastrous because it incapacitates real development,” another social media user remarked.
“Church and the State union for any cause is a recipe for disaster,” another said.
The move by police to execute the initiative was deemed partisan by critics.
Nevertheless, several youth who received the cash expressed excitement saying it will help them boost their stale projects.