Church of Uganda, Namirembe Diocese has decided to take 75% of all monies collected during all requiem services held within the jurisdiction of the diocese.
In a shocking letter that was penned on 7th June 2019 by the Diocesan secretary Rev. Canon Nelson Kaweesa and addressed to church leaders and the laity, the decision was reached by the Diocesan council that sat on 24th May 2019.
The council decreed that in all requiem services, there shall be collection of condolence monies. They decreed that this money shall be collected before delivery of the homily so that the responsible people can count and announce the total money collected. The council then decreed that 75% of this money shall go to the church while the bereaved family shall take 25%. The council reasoned that this money shall be used to meet all costs incurred by the church during the particular service. This arrangement shall also cover requiem services held at people’s homes and other places as long as they are within the jurisdiction of Namirembe Diocese.
The announcement is expected to raise eyebrows since it comes at a time when people feel they are being exploited by churches through never ending contributions. Namirembe diocese is the mother diocese of the Anglican Church of Uganda. It covers the districts of Wakiso, Kalangala and parts of Kampala city. The current Bishop is Rt. Rev. Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira.