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Kabuleta: What is good for the goose . . .

Also within those paragraphs was the commissioning of the Bukedi Diocese Bishop’s house in Tororo town which on completion will cost Shs800 million. Imagine for a moment if a Pentecostal church had raised Shs800 million to build a house for their pastor, in Tororo.

COMMENTARY | JOSEPH KABULETA

On Wednesday February 6, a front page flag in the New Vision caught my attention and caused me to wave down a vendor at a traffic stop

“Thugs swap church wine with urine.”

Sendo Cleaners

Buried deep inside the gazette was a story of thieves who broke into an Anglican church and made off with petty cash, but also had the temerity to drink the altar wine, then replace it with their urine and place it back on the altar. I can only hope that the Reverend who led service the next day noticed in time that the ‘wine’ had acquired a lighter, yellowish hue before he took a generous gulp.

Depending on your disposition, that story is either comical or ghastly, possibly both.

But that was just the sweetener. The main course was a report that blows open the hypocrisy of religion.

Also within those paragraphs was the commissioning of the Bukedi Diocese Bishop’s house in Tororo town which on completion will cost Shs800 million.

Considering that such a sum can buy decent accommodation in the leafy suburbs of Kampala, I believe it’s even more staggering in Tororo. Suffice it to say that Bishop Samuel Bogere Egesa is going to be living large. Power to him.

The money, of course, comes from the voluntary contributions of church faithful who, on the day, had raised sh31m for the house.

Imagine for a moment if a Pentecostal church had raised Shs800 million to build a house for their pastor, in Tororo. At such a time as this, when there’s fake (and obviously sponsored) uproar about Pastors’ ‘exploitation’ of believers, who are caricatured as gullible dimwits who must be told how to spend their money, that would be front page news.

Cue the outrage. The Social Media scorn. The Newspaper opinions calling for government action against greedy Pastors. Father Simon Lokodo, whose sinister Religious Policy has fallen flat on its face, again, would have fresh wind in his sails.

And, irony of ironies, even the Anglican Bishop of Bukedi Diocese, who was pictured grinning from ear to ear as he received the keys to his new residence from Justice James Ogoola, would probably add his voice to the angst towards charlatans exploiting their flock to live large.
What a world of incongruities.

Coincidentally, or perhaps not, in the previous day’s newspaper, the Bishop of Mityana Diocese Dr Samuel Stephen Kaziimba had told Christians to stop asking for accountability for their offertory.
That’s rich, coming from the very people who were pushing for a policy that calls for Pastors to account for the tithes and offerings they receive.

Who was the person that coined the adage ‘what’s good for the goose is good for the gander’?
He must be charring in hell’s fires. He obviously knew nothing about religion.

If you are the kind of person who thinks it’s noble or normal for a Bishop to live large but you get riled by Pastors pursuing the same, there is a word to describe you. Hypocrite!

And when you think that not so long ago, Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga suggested that government should help the Catholic Church levy tithes from its faithful, then you realize that while they appear to disapprove of Pentecostal methods, these clergymen secretly admire them.
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery! (fill in the appropriate emoji).

This article was originally posted on the author’s Facebook page.

Joseph Kabuleta is a Pastor and founder of Watchman Ministry in Kampala

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