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Ugandan Church leaders oppose government plan to register religious bodies

April 06, 2016

Church leaders in Uganda are voicing opposition to the government's plan to require registration of "faith-based organizations," the Fides news service reports.

Following the lead of neighboring Kenya, authorities in Uganda have announced plans to register religious group, saying that the process will strengthen bonds between government and fatih groups, and help in the fight against corruption. Christian leaders disagreed.

"Why should a faith that has been in existence for centuries need an operating license?" asked Msgr. John Baptist Kauta, the seceretary-general of the Ugandan bishops' conference. Anglican Bishop Macleod Baker Ochola agreed: "Why should a child tell a father how to lead a family?"


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