Archbishop of Kampala City, Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, has made a call on the government of Uganda to deduct tithe from workers’ salaries.
According to the Catholic Archbishop, many Christians for the past years have failed to pay their tithes and that has affected the growth of the church.
The Archbishop cited a mechanism in Germany as basis for his calls. He said he wanted Ugandans who are registered as Catholics, Protestants or Jews have a church tax that the government deducts from income source.
According to Citinewsroom.com, the German system is known as Kirchensteuer, where eight or nine per cent is deducted from annual incomes.
The Archbishop is quoted as saying: “Whenever we ask for tithe, everyone gives only what they have at that time. But the Bible says a tenth of whatever you earn belongs to the church"
“Give me your support as I front this proposal because it is good for us. Aren’t you tired of putting money in the baskets all the time?”
Meanwhile, in Ghana, the debate over churches and taxes is being had the other way round.
The Commissioner-General of Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), Emmanuel Kofi Nti has said that churches which run businesses will be taxed.
This has become an issue as some pastors and individuals have spoken against it.
Some clergy in orthodox churches have asked the government to rethink its intentions. It has moved Prophet Badu Kobi of God Wave Church to refer to President Akufo Addo as a "fool".
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