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Why we need Ugandan Christians (and why they might need us)

April 3rd, 2014 Jill Posted in Uganda Comments Off

By Simon Vibert

As part of the Wycliffe Hall Mission Week I took a small group of Students to Uganda to work with our sister college Bishop Barham Christian University, Kabale. This is located in the South West corner of Uganda, in the District of Kigezi, just an hour from the border with Rwanda. Kabale is about 7,000 feet above sea level and set in lush rolling hills. The air is a little “thin” and temperatures are less oppressive than in the capital Kampala where we began our journey, although the town centre is bustling, noisy and mucky, with red mud over all the roads and in the air. With a population of 50,000 people, Kabale acts as a district hub for an estimated 2 Million people scattered around the nearby villages.

The location itself is significant. Church Missionary Society missionaries brought Christianity to Uganda in 1877, arriving in Kabale in the early 20thC. The impact of the Gospel was enormously accelerated by the East African Revival which crossed over the border from Rwanda. It was warmly received in Kabale and from here emanated throughout East Africa.

The hub from which so much evangelistic zeal and worship emanated is the site where Bishop Barham Christian University now stands. The theological college students make up a small fraction of the 2,700 University cohort, but the Christian ethos pervades throughout.

We had the great pleasure of preaching in the chapel and nearby in the cathedral, teaching the Ordinands and sharing part of their training experience. We also taught in the local prep school and high school and visited local churches.

Why we need Ugandan Christians

The East African Revival lives on! Evidences of revival are strong, revealed for me in at least the following four ways:

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Solidarity with the Anglican Church in Uganda and Nigeria

March 20th, 2014 Jill Posted in Anglican Communion, Nigeria, Uganda Comments Off

By Chris Sugden, Evangelicals Now

Anglican churches in Nigeria and Uganda have through history stood for biblical truth and principle and been at the forefront of action for justice, peace and equality. They have transformed their societies especially the relationships of men and women. One African Anglican Archbishop told me recently: “Defenders of polygamous families have never lived in one.” The church was also at the forefront of developing democracy in African societies, often in opposition to the ruling colonial powers and their national successors. One only needs recall the late Archbishop David Gitari of Kenya.

Christian mission at its most authentic has not supported the status quo, or privileged injustice and oppressive social practices. In India Christians opposed widow burning. In Pakistan the church still leads the fight against child slavery.

The Ugandan church knows the price of opposing unjust and powerful people. Every year on June 3 the church recalls the martyrdom between 1885 and 1887 of young page boys at the court of the King of Buganda who refused to be sodomised by the king because of their Christian faith. In the 1970s Archbishop Janani Luwum paid the price for the church’s critique of Idi Amin with his life.

The recent laws concerning homosexual behaviour in Uganda and Nigeria have led to strident condemnation from some in the West. In the last week the World Bank has postponed a $90 million dollar loan to Uganda. Norway, Denmark and the Netherlands have withdrawn government aid. Have they responded to Russia’s laws in a similar way? Are the poor of the world only to be helped if they agree with us?

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Church of Uganda – A correction

March 5th, 2014 Chris Sugden Posted in News, Uganda Comments Off


Greetings from the Church of Uganda!

Thank you for your news story on Monday entitled “Church ready to split from England on Homosexuals.”

I would like to make a very important clarification, and hope you will publish this clarification as widely as you did the first story, because the story paints a very misleading picture of the Church of Uganda’s actual relationship with the Church of England.

“The Church of Uganda has had no discussions about breaking away from the Church of England or the Anglican Communion. It’s true that the fabric of the Anglican Communion was torn at its deepest level in 2003 when the American Episcopal Church consecrated as Bishop a gay man living in a same-sex relationship. Not only was this against the Bible, but it went against the agreed position of the Anglican Communion. Our current concern is that the Church of England seems to be drifting rapidly in the same direction. We are very grateful to them for sending missionaries who told us about the good news of Jesus Christ. Ironically, they seem now to be reversing themselves. Fortunately, we no longer need to be directed by them. We can read and interpret the Bible for ourselves, and we know what it says about sexual behaviour belonging between one man and one woman in holy matrimony.”

Kind regards,

The Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali


Church of the Province of Uganda

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Barack Obama warns Uganda’s Museveni over anti-gay bill

February 17th, 2014 Jill Posted in Gay Activism, Uganda Comments Off

President MuseveniFrom BBC News

President Barack Obama has warned Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni that enacting an anti-gay law would complicate relations with the US.

Under the proposed legislation, those convicted of homosexual acts could face life imprisonment.

The law would also make it a crime not to report gay people.

Mr Museveni last month refused to sign the bill but on Friday indicated that he would approve it shortly, after receiving scientific advice.

Government spokesman Ofwono Opondo said a team of Ugandan scientists asked by the president for a report on homosexuality had told Mr Museveni that "there is no definitive gene responsible for homosexuality".

He told the AFP news agency this meant "homosexuality is not a disease but merely an abnormal behaviour which may be learned through experiences in life".

Mr Opondo said the president was under strong domestic pressure to sign the bill.

The private member's bill originally proposed the death penalty for some offences, such as if a minor was involved or the perpetrator was HIV-positive, but that clause has been dropped.

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Archbishop Stanley Ntagali Comments on Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill, the Church of England’s “Pilling Report,” and the Open Letter from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York

January 30th, 2014 Jill Posted in Archbishop Of Canterbury, Pilling Report, Uganda Comments Off

The Church of Uganda is encouraged by the work of Uganda’s Parliament in amending the Anti-Homosexuality Bill to remove the death penalty, to reduce sentencing guidelines through a principle of proportionality, and to remove the clause on reporting homosexual behaviour, as we had recommended in our 2010 position statement on the Bill. This frees our clergy and church leaders to fulfill the 2008 resolution of our House of Bishops to “offer counseling, healing and prayer for people with homosexual disorientation, especially in our schools and other institutions of learning. The Church is a safe place for individuals, who are confused about their sexuality or struggling with sexual brokenness, to seek help and healing.”

Accordingly, we are grateful for the reminder of the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to fulfill such commitments as stated in the 2005 Communique of the Primates Meeting held in Dromantine, Northern Ireland.

We would further like to remind them, as they lead their own church through the “facilitated conversations” recommended by the Pilling Report, that the teaching of the Anglican Communion from the 1998 Lambeth Conference, from Resolution 1.10, still stands. It states that “homosexual practice is incompatible with Scripture,” and the conference “cannot advise the legitimising or blessing of same sex unions nor ordaining those involved in same gender unions.”

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Christmas Message from the Archbishop of Uganda

December 23rd, 2013 Jill Posted in Pilling Report, Uganda Comments Off

[...]  This is the good news that we boldly proclaim and that we are not ashamed of. We believe the Bible is the authoritative Word of God and trustworthy to tell us the Truth. Unfortunately, some in the Anglican Communion members no longer believe the Bible is the infallible Word of God. That’s why I and other Archbishops from the Global South, Sydney, and the Anglican Church in North America organized the second Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) in October in Nairobi. We were altogether 1358 delegates worldwide. These included 169 delegates from Uganda. We are so determined to refuse anything that contradicts the Biblical authority without fear or compromise. I appeal to all Ugandans to join us in this struggle to protect our God given rights.

We are very concerned that our mother Church of England is moving in a very dangerous direction. They are following the path the Americans in the Episcopal Church took that caused us to break communion with them ten years ago. 

The Church of England is now recommending that same-sex relationships be blessed in the church. Even though they are our mother, I want you to know that we cannot and we will not go in that direction. We will resist them and, with our other GAFCON brothers and sisters, will stand with those in the Church of England who continue to uphold the Bible as the Word of God and promote Biblical faith and morality. 

In our own Church, I call upon all people to let Jesus be the Prince of Peace and strive to maintain the unity of peace by resisting going to law courts to resolve conflicts. Please, let us sit together and seek the mind of Christ for all our various concerns.

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God at work in Uganda: the story of the healing of a crippled boy

December 21st, 2013 Jill Posted in Uganda Comments Off

Ivan Jakony, a seven-year-old Ugandan boy, was a little boy with a big frown. He could hardly walk because his legs had been crooked from birth. In his home area of Nebbi in the north west of Uganda, this also meant he was an outcast. His parents were too ashamed to send him to school where he would have been ridiculed, and the rumours in the community were that his parents were cursed. A local MP told his grandfather, Joshua Ulony, a pastor in the Church of Uganda, that he might be able to help. But when Joshua took Ivan to the MP’s office in Kampala in November 2012, there was no sign of the MP and the office told them to go away. So Joshua brought Ivan with him to a pastor training workshop organised by BUILD.

Joshua explained the situation to everyone at the workshop and they gathered around and prayed for Ivan and the family. After they prayed, one person there said that he knew of a British doctor, a Christian, who had opened an orthopaedic hospital for children near Entebbe. The doctor agreed to see Ivan and said that he thought he could help him. Over the course of 2013, Stephen Kewaza, who leads BUILD in the Church of Uganda, and Daniel Muwanguzi, who leads a partner organisation, SEAN, helped organise visits to the hospital for Ivan using funds that came from partners in the UK to help with the costs. After a series of operations, which were surrounded by much prayer from the Church of Uganda’s own extensive local network, and much bravery from Ivan, his legs are now straight. It looks as though a complete miracle has happened, which of course it has.

Ivan returned to a BUILD workshop this November with his grandfather so that they could bring a letter of thanks from the parents and thank the whole group. From all reports Ivan has gone from being a little boy with a frown to one who is constantly smiling and who can now walk and run for the first time. He has now started primary education and the family are no longer ashamed or viewed as under a curse locally – in fact, quite the reverse: many have started attending church in the local area as they are all talking about what God has done for Ivan and the family and how he has lifted the curse.


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Homophobia in Uganda: Is Christianity the problem or the solution?

December 21st, 2013 Jill Posted in Christianity, Uganda Comments Off

By Chris Howles, Namugongo Life

I would imagine that most of you are pretty familiar with the so-called ‘Anti-homosexuality Bill’ that is currently on the table in the Ugandan parliament. It is basically a law, that will get passed at some point or other, that seeks to effectively eradicate public homosexuality in Uganda. It has a wide media coverage, was featured on a recent Stephen Fry BBC documentary, and has its own Wikipedia site! It’s everywhere. I think it’s interesting that, as far as I can see, this bill is fast becoming the most famous thing about Uganda. It used to be Idi Amin. But I reckon now ‘gay-hating’ is the first thing many Westerners think about when they hear the word ‘Uganda’. This is largely thanks to a media campaign waged in the West against this bill.
The first thing to point out is that, and I dearly wish the British media would read the bill before they speak about it (as I have done) there is no mention at all of a death sentence. So automatically, when you find articles that talk about killing gays, you should discount them as uninformed and hyperbolic (Yes, you, The Guardian, and The New York Times and Washington Post).
[...]  The vast majority of Christians in this country have never met or spoken with a Western missionary. And nor have their leaders. Many of these attitudes about homosexuality come direct from traditional Ugandan culture. Of course these attitudes may change in the future. But if they do, much as the secularists would scoff at this, it will most likely be because of Christianity, as churches preach a message of godly love and kindness towards active homosexuals here, thereby opposing the culturally-driven anger and violence towards homosexuals we too-often see. The sad reality for Western secularists is that their worldview has little to say to change Ugandan attitudes to homosexuality. They can go on about ‘human rights’ as much as they want, but the more they shout, the more they get ignored. The best hope for a Uganda that is safe for homosexuals is, of course, the gospel. The gospel that shows us that all people are created in God’s image and loved by him, the gospel that shows us how much God truly wants to rescue and redeem his people The gospel that promotes humble, gracious, non-violent love towards all people. The gospel that welcomes all people to confess that Jesus is Lord and unite together in a broken but re-built community of Christ (Ephesians 2:17-22)

And so, for the sake of Ugandan homosexuals, Ugandan Christians, and missionaries in Uganda, please don’t let this nasty, secularist, hate-filled narrative of Christianity in Uganda go unchallenged. Your future heavenly Ugandan co-worshippers around the throne will be grateful that you didn’t.

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Uganda, Morals Legislation, and Public Perception

June 23rd, 2013 Jill Posted in Homosexuality, Uganda Comments Off

Ugandan MartyrsBy Rick Plasterer, Juicy Ecumenism

The saga of Uganda’s proposed toughened anti-sodomy law and the American Evangelical connection with it drags on, even as laws and punishments of as great or greater severity continue on in the Middle East, largely unremarked on.

Like many African and other non-western countries, Uganda has had a sodomy law on its books for many years. A legislative proposal in 2009 would have increased penalties to death for “aggravated” homosexual activity, which include activity by HIV positive persons, or with minors, and increased penalties generally to include acts committed outside Uganda, and mandatory reporting of homosexual activity or support for such activity. The bill also denied the claim commonly advanced by homosexual activists that sexual orientation is immutable and noted international pressure to impose “sexual promiscuity” on Uganda.

Intense international pressure indeed quickly followed leading the government to propose dropping the death penalty. However, the bill continues to be advanced; the Speaker of the Parliament sought to pass it in 2012 and the bill is on the legislative agenda for 2013.

Uganda reasonably has a historical background which makes the debate about sodomy especially intense domestically, and contributes to the confrontation when faced with international pressure. The famous Ugandan Martyrs, 22 young men who were pages of the king of the native state of Buganda, were put to death in the late nineteenth century for their refusal to submit to the sexual advances of the king, and refusal to renounce Christianity. More recently, Uganda was one of a number of sub-Saharan African countries that suffered severely from the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s and 1990s and continues to cope with the threat of AIDS, with considerable success, although controversially, by emphasizing sexual abstinence and fidelity before the use of condoms.

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Transition in Leadership in the Church of Uganda

January 3rd, 2013 Chris Sugden Posted in Uganda Comments Off

Archbishop Stanley NtagaliBy Chris Sugden, Church of England Newspaper

BISHOP Stanley Ntagali was installed as the eighth archbishop of the Church of Uganda in Namirembe Cathedral, Kampala on December 16th.

During the service outgoing Archbishop Henry Orombi signed a certificate of abdication and formally handed over the primatial cross, “which had become too heavy to bear” to Archbishop-elect Ntagali. Bishop Orombi, as he wants to be known, then spoke words of thanks and encouragement to his successor. Observers noted that a point might be being made to President Museveni who attended part of the service, who at 72 had had the constitutional provision for a limit to his term changed.

President Museveni urged the new archbishop to focus on young people, as 70 per cent of Uganda’s population are under 30. He noted that though the incidence of AIDS had initially dramatically declined since 1986 due to the Abstain, Be Faithful and use a Condom campaign, it was now on the rise. He urged the church to “use the pulpit to save our children”. He urged that sexual behaviour should be private and confidential, and that while they were not going to persecute or marginalise those who engaged in homosexual practice, they were not going to promote them.

Primates were present or represented from nine Anglican provinces, including Scotland. Archbishop John Sentamu brought a message of greeting from Canterbury and added one of his own in Luganda.

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Archbishop Duncan Preaches at Ugandan Enthronement

December 17th, 2012 Jill Posted in Uganda Comments Off

Most Revd Stanley NtgaliThe Most Rev. Robert W. Duncan, Archbishop and Primate of the Anglican Church in North America, was the preacher during the service of investiture and enthronement of the Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali as Archbishop and Primate of the Anglican Church of Uganda. The service was held on Sunday, December 16, 2012, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Namirembe, Kampala, Uganda. Archbishop Duncan’s sermon focused on Philippians 2:5-8 and John 21:18 to address the vocations (callings) for the Church of Uganda and the new Archbishop.
Archbishop Duncan reminded the Church of Uganda of St. Paul’s invitation to “have the mind of Christ” (Philippians 2:5). “God has especially called you to the humility – the servanthood – of the East African Revival. You know, better than most Christians that you are sinners saved by grace. You live into this identity. You rejoice in this identity…”
The Archbishop also noted that part of Uganda’s “vocation in 21st century Anglicanism” is to serve others as a model of servanthood “at home, in England, in North America and to the ends of the earth.”
“Please do not neglect any part of this call. Manifestly, and at every level, God has given you great grace for this servanthood in Him.”
Referencing John 21:18, Archbishop Duncan spoke directly to the new primate and his wife and the vocation of this new stage of ministry.

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Sabotaging Successful HIV/AIDS Prevention

August 31st, 2012 Jill Posted in AIDS, Uganda Comments Off

By Wendy Wright, Turtle Bay & Beyond

Uganda was the great success story in reducing HIV/AIDS. Now, a member of the generation that benefited worries that Uganda’s “image of reversing the scourge in the early 1990’s has since dissipated.”

Why? Because messages of abstinence and fidelity – the keys to preventing HIV/AIDS – have been abandoned as money flows to groups that advertise, practice and subsidize risky sexual behaviors.
Is Uganda losing it via HIV Prevention?
I heard someone say at a conference the other day that Uganda was embarrassed at the recent 2012 World AIDS Conference in Washington.
Apparently, our image of reversing the scourge in the early 1990’s has since dissipated.
We no longer have a President and his wife on a Jeep upcountry telling 15 year olds that they can delay sexual debut until marriage.
Instead, we have a bunch of senior six vacists tossing off their blouses at a rooftop city hangout in the middle of the city while boogying to Ragga Dee’s “Am in love with a stranger” .
We now have a high school generation loaded with more rubber than character.
Parented by television, they have never witnessed a dying AIDS patient in their lifetime, to them, HIV is like the little bug they watched in a sci-fi movie last night. 
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Sentamu is Uganda’s choice for Canterbury

July 13th, 2012 Chris Sugden Posted in Archbishop Of Canterbury, Uganda Comments Off

The Church of England Newspaper, July 7, 2012. July 9, 2012

John Sentamu is Uganda’s choice to be the Archbishop of Canterbury, Bishop Stanley Ntagali said on 25 June 2012 in his first interview with western reporters following his election as Archbishop of Uganda on 22 June 2012.

“Leadership comes from God,” Bishop Ntagali told The Church of England Newspaper, and adding that he prayed “God will give Canterbury a man filled with the Spirit” to lead the Church of England and the Anglican Communion.

The leaders of the Church of Uganda – the second largest province after the Church of Nigeria in terms of active members – have been estranged from the Church of England and the Archbishop of Canterbury since 2008.  Archbishop Orombi and the Bishops of the Church of Uganda declined to accept Dr. Williams’ invitation to the 2008 Lambeth Conference and Archbishop Orombi also declined to attend the primates meeting.

The appointment of a new Archbishop of Canterbury is likely to prompt a return to pan-Anglican gatherings of the Church of Uganda.  Bishop Ntagali told CEN that he hoped the next Archbishop of Canterbury would be a “god-fearing” and “obedient” man who can “revive the spirit of a crumbling Anglican Communion.”

“John Sentamu would be our choice, but we are depending on God” to raise up the right man, he said.

The new archbishop said he would continue his predecessor’s support for the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (FCA) movement and would take an active role in future GAFCON meetings.  He added that Uganda would also continue to support the Anglican Church in North America.  “Bob Duncan is my friend,” he said. “We support them very much and remain in strong partnership with them.”

The Ugandan leader said his province would also continue to remain in fellowship with the faithful dioceses of the Episcopal Church.  “They are my friends too,” he said and we are in partnership, very strong partnership” with god-fearing Episcopalians Bishop Ntagali said.

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Archbishop Orombi of Uganda announces he will retire in 2012

January 8th, 2012 Chris Sugden Posted in News, Uganda Comments Off

Archbishop Henry Orombi has called for the election of a successor as primate of the Church of the Province of Uganda.

In an address to a meeting of the Ugandan House of Bishops on 7 Jan 2012, Archbishop Orombi said he would step down by year’s end, just short of year before his mandatory retirement at age 65.

In a statement given to Anglican Ink by the Church of Uganda, Archbishop Orombi said he was taken an early retirement to allow him to focus on pastoral ministry.  “I want to use my retirement to preach the Gospel single-heartedly. This has been my single passion and I want to fulfill the call while I can still do it."

Archbishop Orombi confirmed the announcement in Ntungamo on 8 January, during the consecration and enthronement of the new Bishop of South Ankole Diocese, the Rt. Rev. Nathan Ahimbisibwe.

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Read also:  Anglican Archbishop Orombi to retire in June from Uganda New Vision


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Uganda clearly shows contraceptives not the answer to HIV/AIDS epidemic

October 12th, 2011 Jill Posted in AIDS, Uganda Comments Off

By Brian Clowes, LifeSite News

The fatal danger of relentlessly pushing contraceptives on Uganda and other African countries was laid bare recently in an alarming new report showing that the most popular contraceptive in Eastern and Southern Africa may actually double the risk of contracting HIV. After experiencing success in combating HIV/AIDS in Uganda through an anti-contraception initiative, it’s not surprising to hear that contraceptives are part of, and not a solution to, the problem.

According to research published in The Lancet, women using the injectable birth control depot-medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA) became infected with HIV at a rate of 6.61 per 100 persons, compared with 3.78 for those not using that method. When used by HIV-positive women, transmission of HIV to men occurred at a rate of 2.61 per 100 persons compared with 1.51 when the women had used no contraception.
The study involved 3,800 couples in Botswana, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Uganda.
Uganda made news in the fight against AIDS over the past decade because President Yoweri Museveni successfully attacked his country’s high HIV/AIDS rate through a program of systematic behavior modification. President Museveni said in 2004 that, “AIDS is mainly a moral, social and economic problem,” and that the best way to fight it is with, “relationships based on love and trust, instead of institutionalized mistrust, which is what the condom is all about.”
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Uganda: Cabinet drops Bahati’s gay Bill

August 24th, 2011 Jill Posted in Homosexuality, Uganda Comments Off

From Daily Monitor

Cabinet has finally thrown out the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, 2009 on the advice of Mr Adolf Mwesige, the ruling party lawyer. However, Ndorwa West MP David Bahati, the architect of the Bill, insists the proposed legislation is now property of Parliament and that the Executive should stop “playing hide- and- seek games” on the matter.
The decision to throw out the Anti-Homosexuality Bill was made at a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday where Mr Mwesige, according to sources, told ministers that the Bill was unnecessary since government has a number of laws in place criminalising homosexual activities.
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The Uganda Conspiracy Theory

March 15th, 2011 Jill Posted in Uganda Comments Off

By Timothy Shah, Christianity Today

On January 27, amid gathering protests in Egypt, President Obama issued a passionate statement. Not about Hosni Mubarak—that would not come until the next evening. But about David Kato, a gay Ugandan murdered the day before. "The United States mourns his murder," the President said, "and we recommit ourselves to David's work." Kato's murder was also promptly condemned by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and was featured in two full-length articles in The New York Times in as many days.
Since early 2008, the American government, media, and human rights groups have undertaken a coordinated effort to name, shame, and punish attacks on the human rights of homosexual persons, with an overwhelming focus on sub-Saharan Africa. Human Rights Watch has published ten major reports on anti-gay discrimination in this period, with special attention to Africa. The U.S. government has publicly criticized some African countries for even considering laws that criminalize homosexuality. It announced just last month that it is halting a $350 million aid program to Malawi at least partly because of its laws discouraging homosexuality.
But if any single African country has attracted American ire, it is Uganda. Is this because of a spate of anti-gay attacks?
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February 6th, 2011 Jill Posted in Uganda Comments Off

From The Uganda Media Centre


On 26th February, 2011 at aound 1430 hours, Kato was found unconscious in his bedroom by 3 neighbours bleeding with 2 wounds on his head. He was rushed to a nearby clinic but he medical officers there advised the relatives to take him to Mulago Referral hospital.

At the scene, police found the body of the deceased had already been taken to Kawolo hospital by the relatives for a post mortem.

At the murder scene, the police found a hammer with blood stains in the sitting room of the deceased. A trail of blood from the sitting room led to the bedroom which had been ransacked.

Among the clues followed by police are:

•    Robbery by Nsubuga Enock Sydney who had earlier been seen walking away a few minutes before the deceased was found unconscious and bleeding, was looked at as the principal suspect. Nsubuga has a long criminal record. He was on remand for theft of a phone but also had other criminal records in his home area.

•    One Senoga, a special hire driver whom the deceased used to hire, was also said to have visited the home of the deceased earlier in the day and behaved suspiciously.

Exhibits: A search was carried out by Government Analytical Laboratories (GAL) and Scenes of Crime Officers (SOCO) and the following exhibits were recovered:

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African bishops view their destiny

September 3rd, 2010 Jill Posted in Anglican Communion, Global South, Uganda Comments Off

By Pat Ashworth, Church Times

AFRICANS must take their destiny into their own hands and address their own problems, bishops of the Council of Anglican Provinces in Africa (CAPA) declared at the end of their week-long conference about effective leadership for sustainable development (News, 27 August).

The world must listen to the Churches’ unique voice, they say, in the first of two communiqués. One deals with the continent’s ills; the other, from the CAPA Primates, addresses the internal affairs of the Anglican Communion.

This second document, with its ringing endorsement of the con­servative Anglican Church of North America (ACNA), provoked a strong reaction from the provinces of Central Africa and of Southern Africa, which said that the majority of the provinces at the conference were being “ambushed”.

The 400 bishops, meeting in Entebbe, Uganda, acknowledged in their communiqué that, while “the centre of gravity of Christianity today appears to be shifting” to Africa, “the Church’s relevance and impact on global mission and to social, economic and political trans­formation of the continent remains a challenge.”

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Catholic Voices: Anglicanism Remakes Itself

September 2nd, 2010 Jill Posted in Anglican Communion, Global South, Uganda Comments Off

By John Martin, The Living Church

So where does Entebbe 2010 leave relationships in the Anglican Communion?

The CAPA Primates Communiqué makes it clear that Anglican churches in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom will continue to be closely scrutinized on issues like sexuality and faithfulness to the gospel and the Scriptures. Even though the conference included bishops from provinces which are more “softly softly” on the sexuality issue, the prevailing position has not changed.

The presence of Archbishop Robert Duncan and other bishops of the Anglican Church in North America is significant. It suggests that at least some African provinces will continue to recognize and seek relationships outside what used to be the regarded as the boundaries of Anglicanism.

The majority of African provinces are financially self-supporting. There were strong signals that Africa wants to break reliance on Western churches. Expect that trend to continue.

A large and growing African-Christian diaspora will have a growing effect. African churches have more international connections than ever before, many of them non-institutional. Expect African churches to acquire increasingly nuanced understandings of the West, without compromising their cultural identity or key principles.

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