Through a survey, conducted by the US-based Pew Research Centre a while back, the number of people who have changed religion is much higher than previously thought. The report notes that Ugandans switch religions more than any other people in Africa. At least five per cent Ugandans have at one time changed religions.
This means that, some have switched more than once, and a small number have changed three times or more, according to the study.
More than 25,000 people were interviewed during the survey in 19 sub-Saharan African nations. In Uganda alone, 1,000 people were interviewed; 700 Christians and 300 Muslims.
Survey also indicated that two out of every 10 Ugandans – about six million people – believe in witchcraft or the protective power of sacrifices to spirits or ancestors.
The general secretary, Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa, Rev. Canon Grace Kaiso, said that the phenomenon is a reflection of the Church’s failure. “The fact that people go to witchcraft could be taken as a judgment on the Church that it has not been able to help the flock appreciate the power of the risen Christ,” he said.
He said it is high time the Church reached out to such people to help them know that in Christ other powers are nothing.