STILL WAITING FOR BISHOP WAKAMI
|BISHOP CHARLES WAKAMI|
My Blog about the alleged comments of Bishop Charles Wakami - Diocese of Jinja, Uganda - lauding life sentences for homosexuals has had the biggest response since I started blogging.
The allegations also accuse Bishop Wakami of calling upon the parents of gay people to hand their children over to the authorities - an action for which they would be rewarded in Heaven.
These allegations were extremely serious and before publication I tried to contact Bishop Wakami for a comment.
However that proved impossible as the three telephone numbers on the Jinja Diocesan website proved to be impossible to reach.
And when I clicked on a link to contact the bishop by email I found myself on a Chinese website ofering hair extensions!
However through the good offices of a cleric friend in Rome I managed to get the bishop's private mobile telephone number and telephoned him. He answered straight away.
I told him about the very serious allegations and expressed the view to him that he must be very woried about being accused. To be honest he did not seem overly worried.
I asked him for his private email address and told him I would send the allegations to him immediately - and I did so within 3 minutes. Bishop Wamaki promised me that he would send me a written response by email and I promised him that I would publish it on my Blog in full - without any changes whatsoever.
But nothing has happened! I have heard nothing from him!
If I was Bishop Wakami I would be very worried about these accusations - especially since they had gone viral on the Internet. I told Bishop Wakami that the accusations had gone viral.
The accusations originated with Melanie Nathan - a South African attorney (now living in the USA) and a long time campaigner on human rights issues.
Yesterday I asked Melanie Nathan for clarification as to how she had come across the accusations. She told me that she had 3 separate sources in Uganda for the allegations but that she could not publish their names as these people would be arrested, tortured and imprisoned by the Ugandan authorities. But she is standing by the allegations.
I fully understand that she must protect her vulnerable sources in Uganda.
But now we are left with a probelm.
If these allegations are untrue why does Bishop Wakami not issue an immediate rebuttal of them and publish in full the text of the alleged offending sermon?
If Bishop Wakami sent me a copy of that sermon I would publish it in full on this Blog - without even censoring a comma or a full stop.
If I were him I would want to set the record straight without any hesitation. What human being - especially if he is a Christian and a priest - would want his name associated with such horrible allegations?
I am worried. Why is the bishop silent? Perhaps he is afraid for his own safety?
But this issue is far too serious to be left hanging in mid air.