MUKONO – The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda the Most Rt Rev Stanley Ntagali has expressed his disappointment in some of the church leaders of the church of Uganda who defy provincial assembly resolutions by pocketing offertory money collected on the Uganda Christian University (UCU) Sunday meant for the university.
The Rt Rev Ntagali made the remarks on Tuesday, January 14, during the community worship at the institution where they had gathered to bid him farewell as Chancellor of the University.
The UCU Sunday is a day on the Church of Uganda calendar held every last Sunday of September at UCU which is a fundraising day where all the offertory collected on that day is to be given to the University.
This is a resolution of the provincial assembly as a solution to the institution’s limited funds as a result of high taxes by the government.
The Vice-Chancellor Dr Rev Canon John Senyonyi said that the institution can not survive on the students’ tuition because it is too little to run the university’s activities.
“UCU can not be run on student’s tuition because the money is too little as most of it is taken by Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) to pay taxes.” Dr Rev Senyonyi said
The Most Rev Ntagali noted that when the theology college was turned into a university about 23 years ago there was an agreement that 1% of the offertory from each diocese be sent to the institution which was never implemented.
“We, therefore, came up with the UCU Sunday to find raise money for the university. On this day, all the offertory collected in all parishes of the church of Uganda is to be sent to UCU.” He said
However, he was disappointed as he retires that no even his own diocese Kampala with well off people has been able to collect the money as it was resolved by the provincial assembly.
“The resolution of the assembly should be followed up to dot.” He noted