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CROSS FIRE: Archbishop Kazimba Hits Back At Canterbury Over Homosexuality Stance

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The Archbishop of Canterbury who is the head of all Anglican Churches world wide wrote a statement in which he expressed his grief towards the Ugandan Anglican Church and Archbishop Kazimba Mugalu for openly coming out to support the newly signed Anti-Homosexuality Act 2023.

In his statement, Welby pointed out resolutions i.10 of the 1998 Lambeth Conference of the Anglican church which calls for ministering pastorally and sensitively to all- regardless of sexual orientation and the same resolution condemns homophobia.

Welby also in the same statement urges Kazimba Mugalu to stand firm and oppose the Anti-Homosexuality which the primate has supported with all the energy since it was in the bill process and even urged president Museveni to sign it such that the institution of family, marriage and children are protected.

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In a turn of events however, Archbishop Kazimba has hit back at Canterbury for questioning the Church of Uganda’s support for the Anti-Homosexuality act. According to Kazimba, the western powers are not just informed but the Anti-Homosexuality law which president Museveni signed doesn’t criminalize being homosexual.

Kazimba further says that much as the Church of Uganda supports the law against homosexuality, it opposes the death penalty which comes with aggravated homosexuality.

“Our support has been made very clear by our earlier statement, so it does not require repeating. He and many other Western leaders seem to think that the Anti-Homosexuality Act 20023 criminalizes homosexuality. It does not. Homosexuality was already criminalized; it simply reaffirms what was already in the colonial era penal code, including a maximum sentence of the death penalty for aggravated homosexuality (which the Church of Uganda opposed)”-tweeted Kazimba

Archbishop Kazimba further tells Welby and Canterbury that even if the Anti-Homosexuality Act wasn’t introduced and signed into law, homosexuality would still remain criminalized in Uganda as it is in more than one third of the world’s countries and even some states in the US. Kazimba further says even if the Constitutional court overturns the Act like it did in 2014, being homosexual would still remain criminal in Uganda.

Kazimba also wonders if Canterbury and Welby have written to other provinces and Archbishops in Cyprus, the Gulf to publicly advocate for decriminalizing homosexuality in the Arabian Peninsula and the Middle East. The primate also questions why Canterbury singles out Uganda and Ghana for this particular one.

He reminds Welby that just like the Global South Fellowship of African Churches while in Rwanda last year all resolved in unison that they don’t consider Archbishop of Canterbury as an Instrument of Communion after the former ordered Anglican Churches to bless same sex marriages.

Kazimba says the Church of Uganda has since chosen to impair her relationship with the orthodox provinces in the Communion and they pray that Well and other leaders of the Anglican Church of England do repent and realize the irregularities they’re imposing on Africans.

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