Government to Introduce Policy for Faith Based Organisations

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Reverend Canon Aaron Busingye, the Director for Religious Affairs in the Ministry of Ethics and Integrity, says key issues in the proposed policy will include creating and empowering the department for Religious Affairs to vet and recommend the registration of religious organisation, establishment of a data management system, regulation as well as establish collaboration between government and faith based organisations to implement government programmes.

Government is in the process of introducing a policy framework to regulate activities of faith based organisations across the country. 

Reverend Canon Aaron Busingye, the Director for Religious Affairs in the Ministry of Ethics and Integrity, says key issues in the proposed policy will include creating and empowering the department for Religious Affairs to vet and recommend the registration of religious organisation, establishment of a data management system, regulation as well as establish collaboration between government and faith based organisations to implement government programmes.
 
  
"At the moment, there is no frame work for registering activities of churches because under the Non-Government Organisations (NGO) Act, faith based activities cannot be registered as NGO activities. They are completely involved in different kind of work," Busingye said.  

He was speaking at a function to commemorate the World Interfaith Harmony Week held at the Nile Dialogue Platform headquarters in Muyenga, a city suburb. He said regulating activities of faith based organisations will help prevent incidents like the Kanungu inferno, where several members of the Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God led by Joseph Kibwetere were killed on March 17, 2000. 

"This policy is long overdue other countries like Kenya have already introduced a similar law ," he said.  Speaking about the day's event, Reverend Busingye observed that peace is not the absence of trouble as some people think but it is the presence of God despite military might. 

Reverend Busingye advised politicians to study the country and know its needs instead of struggling for power. Sheikh Muhammad Ali Waiswa, the Mullah of Makerere University Business School also noted that there was no better time to celebrate the interfaith harmony week compared to now when the country heads to the polls. 

"There is no better time in Uganda than today to spread our love and tolerance for peaceful co-existence as the country goes to the polls," he said. The World Interfaith Harmony week is an event dedicated to promoting mutual understanding and inter-religious dialogue as a way of nurturing a culture of peace, harmony and social cohesion among all people regardless of faith.