Archbishop Lwanga
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Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga wants the Ugandan government to introduce church tax which should ensure that tithe is deducted from the people’s salaries.

Speaking at Saint Mary’s Cathedral Rubaga, the Archbishop complained that Christians do not remove tithe as they only give what is in their pockets and then complain that a lot of collection is required during mass.

“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.

The Archbishop is proposing for 10% to be deducted by the Uganda Revenue Authority and have it channeled to the Catholic church.

Archbishop Lwanga says that this system will secure the church by giving it enough money to carry out its projects and reduce the number of collections made in church.

Citing an example of Germany, which uses the same system, registered Christians, whether Catholics, Protestants or Jews have a church tax (Kirchensteuer) of 10% deducted from their annual income.

“In Germany where I have recently been, if an employee is supposed to be getting Sh1 million, the government deducts Shs100,000 and he/she walks away with Shs900,000 and it is working very well,” Archbishop Lwanga said.

Through a poll made on Twitter by New Vision Uganda, many Ugandans are opposed to the idea of tithe being deducted by the government.