It is simply silly to assume that identity cards are the solution to Uganda's problems. The problems have a political dimension and it is this bad politics for which we have to get a solution. It is madness to imagine that people going to Church need to have IDs identifiable with those Churches. How on earth do you tell me to get a Church I d for what? Let us be serious. I f I want to attend to any Church must I have to produce an I d for this Church? Is this a scheme to get money from people. People are going to Church to pray that God remembers them given the hardships they are enduring and you talk of issuing i ds. It is simply a silly solution. People have i d's and those without can get village i d's not Church identities.
Identity Cards for church goers as night prayers are suspended
By Robert Mwanje
Posted Friday, July 16 2010 at 00:00
In the wake of Sunday’s terrorist attacks in Kampala, church leaders under the Uganda National Fellowship of Born-again Churches (UNFBAC) have suspended overnight prayer sessions and crusades across the country.
The UNFBAC vice chairman, Pastor David Kiganda of Christianity Focus Centre, said churches have also resolved to issue identity cards for their respective followers and institute a check point at every worship centre.
“We are going to register our Church members and provide them with proper identity cards. No stranger will be allowed to attend any prayer session,” Pastor Kiganda said during a security meeting organised by Kampala City Council at City Hall yesterday.
He said church check points will be manned by vigilantes and police. KCC had earlier restricted churches, bars and nightclubs to a limited time of operation not exceeding 10pm. According to city regulations, approved churches must install sound-proof facilities and should not operate beyond midnight.
Mayor Nasser Sebaggala said the new stand intends to fight possible terrorist attacks on churches and control the increasing noise pollution in the city. “Time has come for religious leaders to check their followers before prayers. We should establish a check point at every place of worship,” Mr Sebaggala said during the meeting.
The developments come days after three bombs exploded at the Ethiopian Village restaurant in Kabalaga, a Kampala suburb and Kyadondo Rugby Club at Lugogo killing at least 74 people who were watching the World Cup final.
Meanwhile, a three-day prayers for the hundreds of victims of the Sunday blasts that start today with Muslims holding special prayers in all mosques across the country.
Christians will proceed with the programme on Saturday and Sunday.