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Bishop Ntagali asks clergy to plan for retirement

Rev. Stanley Ntagali at the requiem service for the former Bishop of Busoga Diocese, the late Rt. Rev. Cyprian Bamwoze at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Namirembe. PHOTO via @Parliament_Ug

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, Right Rev. Stanley Ntagali, has challenged the clergy to work hard for their retirement.

Ntagali was speaking at the requiem service for the former Bishop of Busoga Diocese, the late Rt. Rev. Cyprian Bamwoze at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Namirembe.

Bamwoze, 86, succumbed to Leukemia on Monday at the Uganda Cancer Institute after being hospitalized for almost six months.

Ntagali’s comments followed a statement by Late Bishop Bamwoze’s daughter Khezia who helped the family to pay medical bills for her father. She said that the assistance was important since the clergy in the Anglican Church are not catered for in retirement.

Responding to Bamwoze’s daughter, Ntagali said that there is need for the clergy and to work hard and plan for their retirement.

The Church has previously held fundraising drives for ailing leaders raising questions about systems in place to for the clergy’s welfare.

In 2017, a fundraising was done for the late Archbishop Livingstone Mpalanyi Nkoyoyo who underwent cancer treatment in the United Kingdom (UK). His medical condition required close to 265 million shillings to cater for his hospital bills.

Currently, the church is fundraising to save the life of Rev Canon Hannington Mutebi, the Assistant Bishop of Kampala Diocese who is hospitalized in United Kingdom (UK) with Leukaemia.

A senior clergy in the Anglican Church who preferred anonymity says that the Church has medical insurance that caters for serving clergy, but it does not cover major ailments.

He says that Bishop Mutebi’s medical insurance could not cover for the huge medical expense required. He also says that retired clergy have no church medical insurance.

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