Church of Uganda archbishop Stanley Ntagali has criticised journalists and media houses for supporting and promoting homosexuality among the youth.
Speaking to journalists at the All Clergy Conference at Uganda Christian University in Mukono on Monday, Ntagali accused media houses of ignoring the dangers of homosexuality to the African society.
“Our position as church of Uganda is very clear and we shall never change,” the archbishop said. “But I don’t know what is wrong with you the press and media houses. I don’t know whether you have been corrupted.”
He lamented that media houses were deliberately ignoring materials published by the church to educate the citizens about the dangers of homosexuality, while other journalists had chosen to write in a way that promotes homosexuality.
Homosexuality places many progressive African journalists in a dilemma. Although they support the global human rights movement, which also backs such issues as press freedom, many belong to families, communities and religions that are decidedly anti-gay. By choosing to identify with a global ideal, they risk alienating their own communities.
After bashing the media, Ntagali urged candidates in the 2016 elections to desist from attacking fellow candidates and disrupting peace. Without advising voters to reject any money offered by candidates, he cautioned against selling their votes to the highest bidder.
“Politicians will come with money but you need to use your vote to choose brilliant leaders who will move this nation forward,” Ntagali said.
Although Church of Uganda’s All Clergy Conference is meant to be held every decade, this particular one comes after thirty-five years due to financial constraints.
Under the theme “Revive your Church Oh Lord”, the conference is meant to provide time for fellowship and encouragement for God’s servants besides capacity building to meet modern challenges facing the church.