Sunday January 14 2018

It’s okay for religious leaders to discuss politics

By Wamamela Nixon

Whether the clergy should be involved in politics or not, the answer is found in the ideas of Aristotle, who in his text politics argued that by nature man is a political animal and politics comprise of those who rule and the ruled.

The books of Samuel, Kings, Hosea among others in the Bible give us an insight into the role of religious leaders in politics and the fusion between religion and politics. From these ideas, we can deduce that religious leaders are political but not expected to be partisan and they have a right to objectively comment on any political issue for the purpose of ensuring justice, peace and development of a given society.

On the Tubalemese campaign, in history of ideas, Hegel noted that the play of ideas follows three stages namely the original position thesis, the opposing antithesis (Tulemese) and the proposal for a new definition, the synthesis.

Hence according to him, Thesis + Antithesis = Synthesis. In Uganda, UNC and other political parties defied colonial government and organised 1947 demonstrations. In 1966, Obote defied Kabaka Mutesa II and overthrew him.

In 1971, Amin defied Obote and ousted him in a coup. In 1971, Museveni defied Amin and started rebel-related activities, which intensified in 1979 and resulted into the overthrow of Amin of course with the help of Tanzania army. In 1980 the military spearheaded by Muwanga yalemesa Binaisa and put him under house arrest.

Finally Museveni militariry yalemesa Okello Lutwa in 1986.

Wamamela Nixon