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Arch-bishop Lwanga’s compulsory tithe proposal draws mixed reactions

Catholics have welcomed a proposal by the archbishop of Kampala Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga with mixed reactions.

 

The Archbishop of Kampala archdiocese, Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga has proposed that the central government should start deducting 10 per cent tithe from monthly salaries of Catholic believers.

Archbishop Lwanga during a Sunday mass at Lubaga Cathedral revealed that many Catholics do not pay the tithe, which slows down church work.

“We lie to God that we pay church tithe off our monthly salaries. During a mass like this, when time to pay the tithe reaches, Catholics just pick whatever they get from their pockets and give in, but the tithe the Bible talks about means that you pay 10 per cent of your monthly salary,” Archbishop Lwanga stated.

He also gave an example of Germany where the government takes the responsibility of collecting the church’s monthly tithe from salaries and hands it to respective Catholic Church leaders.

“In Germany where I have recently been, if an employee is supposed to be getting Shs1 million, the government deducts Shs100,000 and he/she walks away with Shs900,000 and it is working very well,” Archbishop Lwanga said.

It remains unclear as to whether Catholic believers will support the idea

Public reactions:

Dr. Fredrick Muhumuza, an Economist and Lecturer at Makerere University says that such mandatory deductions are practically impossible here in Uganda. You can’t collect both taxes jointly. People earn incomes differently since there are few people that are fomally employed. He argues this leaves out business community who are majority in Uganda.

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