The Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has asked the people to emulate values of humility, honesty, love and dignity as exhibited in the character of His Eminence Emmanuel Cardinal Wamala during his time of service in the Country.
The Premier made these remarks during the launch of a book about Cardinal Wamala’s life, as part of the celebrations to mark 90 years of age at ceremony which took place at his residence in Nsambya.
Dr Rugunda who launched the book thanked the author, Robert Ssempa for taking off time to document the cardinal’s life. ‘The Cardinal has lived an exemplary life which will be used as a reference point to many and will also be used as a learning tool to the nation’, he said.
The Premier described the Cardinal as a simple, peaceful man who puts others above self and values the dignity of everyone as highlighted in the book. He also saluted the celebrant for his humility, broad- mindedness demonstrated by his ability to work with all kinds of people including politicians and people of different religious beliefs and his love for the young people among others.
“I salute and congratulate you Cardinal upon putting others before yourself. You have groomed a number of people in the country including politicians and other leaders to play roles in different capacities that make Uganda a vibrate country”, the Premier said.
Rugunda also noted that the Cardinal makes calculated comments on politics whenever the situation demands. ‘When he chooses to make such a statement it always has a lot of relevance and cannot be ignored’, he said.
The Chief Celebrant His Eminence Emmanuel Cardinal Wamala who was overwhelmed with joy, expressed his gratitude to the Prime Minister and the people for turning up in large numbers to celebrate his birth day and to witness the book launch.
He also thanked God for giving him long life. “Life is God’s gift and there is no merit of my own that am 90 years,” the Cardinal said.
Hon Margret Zziwa who reviewed the book acknowledged its authenticity due to the position of the author, who worked closely with the Cardinal at the Parish. She also highlighted the humility and love the Cardinal exhibited. ‘The Cardinal driving himself to the house of former Buganda Katikiro Mulwanyamuli Ssemwogerere to check on him when he fell sick as cited in the book, is very humbling’, she noted.
Hon Zziwa also cited with appreciation in the book where the Cardinal served among the young, poor and war torn areas without grumbling and complaining, a value that she asked everyone to emulate.
The 150 paged book will be sold at Ugx 30,000. The Function was attended by a number of dignitaries including religious leaders, politicians among others.
BY DOREEN NASASIRA
Monday, 19 December 2016