The Ugandan government wants to fight the proliferation of sects that are gaining ground in the country, particularly at the expense of the Catholic Church and the Anglicans. A draft law provides for the creation of “religious and denominational organization councils,” composed of political and “technical” leaders, aimed at supervising unofficial religious organizations.
The Monitor reports that the Pentecostal sect has grown from 4.6% to 11.1% of Ugandan worshipers, while at the same time the majority Catholic Church in the country has dropped from 41.6 to 39.3%. The same trend holds for Anglicans, the second largest Christian denomination in Uganda, whose number of faithful fell from 36.7 to 32%. Muslims, meanwhile, increased slightly, from 12.4% to 13.7%.
The government believes there is an urgent need to prevent “unscrupulous pastors” from continuing to “create false gospels and deceive their followers into believing in miracles.” The Ugandan population has also been marked, during the last decades, by the atrocities of armed militias acting on alleged spiritual motivations.