Archbishop Sentamu Skips Parliament Holy Communion Service

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The Holy Communion Service organized by Parliament's Anglican Chaplaincy today flopped after the Archbishop of York John Sentamu who was listed as the main celebrant failed to show up.

A Holy Communion Service organized by Parliament's Anglican Chaplaincy today flopped after the Archbishop of York John Sentamu who was listed as the main celebrant failed to show up.
 
Moroto County MP Benson Obua Ogwal, a member of the Anglican Chaplaincy, told URN that Archbishop Sentamu's absence was due to a clash of programs - which were not well managed by the archbishop's coordinating team.
 
Rev. Canon Christine Shimanya, the Parliamentary Chaplain indicated to the few MPs and Parliament staff that turned up that Archbishop Sentamu would not attend due to a change in schedule.
 
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But a source at Parliament told Uganda Radio Network that a message was sent to the Parliamentary group mail this morning at 10:30am announcing the adjournment of Archbishop Sentamu's service to a yet-to-be decided date.
 
 The service was scheduled for 11:00am this morning under the theme "Our Sacrifices to God are a broken spirit, a broken and contrite heart".
 
The Focus was "Repentance, Purity as we intercede for our National Elections".
 
However, despite the absence of the Archbishop, Rev. Canon Christine Shimanya, the Parliament Chaplain went ahead with the service in which she prayed for peaceful national elections come 2016, repentance during the Lent season, preached against pornography, homosexuality, lesbianism and nudity which she said is common in Uganda's society. 
 
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Only six MPs attended today's Holy Communion service, despite yesterday's call by the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga urging MPs to take time and attend the service.
 
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The MPs in attendance were Alice Alaso, the Serere Woman MP, Opposition Chief Whip Cecilia Ogwal, Zombo Woman MP Kwiyucwiny Grace Freedom, Mawokota South MP Kiyingi Bbosa Kenneth, Moroto County MP Benson Obua Ogwal and Madi-Okollo County MP Drito Martin.  

 

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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.