His Excellency President Yoweri Museveni has applauded the church for its continuous partnership with the state which has enabled steady progress in the country, a journey which will drive Uganda into a middle income status.
President Museveni said the church has been a very reliable partner of government in terms of development by providing social services such health and education to the citizens in addition to economic transformation.
The President made these remarks in his speech that was delivered by the Prime Minister, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda during the consecration and enthronement of Rev. Canon Micheal Lubowa as the third Bishop of Central Buganda Diocese at St. John’s Cathedral Kasaka in Gomba District on Sunday.
The President congratulated Rt.Rev. Micheal Lubowa upon his consecration and enthronement as a Bishop and cautioned him to play his role and responsibility of shepherding God’s flock with commitment because it is a high calling that God has bestowed upon him.
Mr. Museveni also commended the retiring Bishop, Rt. Rev. Jackson Matovu for his faithful service, remarking that it was during his leadership that the church in central Buganda reached out to the people beyond the pulpit, enhancing their participation in community development.
“The two entities have a duty and responsibility to work together to improve the welfare of our people. We have to work together to eradicate poverty, to combat diseases, to fight corruption and provide the country with a moral compass,” His Excellency said.
Mr Museveni said the vision of government is to transform the lives of the people by having every family prosperous through the outlined development programmes such as UPE, USE, and Operation Wealth Creation (OWC), adding that the people should take advantage of the prevailing peace and infrastructure to engage in developmental activities.
The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, His Grace the Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali, asked the new Bishop to be a good shepherd and leader of the diocese by exercising humility and stewardship in service, adding that he should look at challenges as opportunities to glorify and honour God.
His Grace also said the church was focusing on the family unit as the foundation for growth and development in every aspect of life this year and therefore called upon the people and church to pray for families and also preach the message of the family’s significance.
“I call upon the men of Uganda to focus on their homes, provide for the family members, live with your wives and show them love and care,” the Archbishop said.
He asked government to address challenges affecting families from within and outside family circles.
Rev Ntagali also cautioned the people to guard against laziness and drug abuse and instead focus on working hard to provide and cater for their families.
The new Bishop, Rev. Michael Lubowa thanked the President, Church leadership and all the clergy for the support rendered to him and his dear family, and pledged to work and serve the Diocese with commitment.
He said he intends to focus his ministry and service on seven critical areas for spiritual growth and foundation in the church which include: creating small groups for discipleship, healing and prayer ministries; focusing on children and youth ministries.
Other areas of focus are; training of clergy and lay readers, addressing health challenges, constructing church buildings and ministers houses, alleviating poverty among the people of the diocese and soliciting for funds as well as creating income generating projects to enhance the financial status of the diocese.
Bishop Lubowa received a donation of a brand new vehicle from the President to enable him do his Pastoral work effectively.
The colourful function was highly attended by a number of dignitaries including the Katikiro of Buganda, Charles Peter Mayiga, Political leaders, Bishops and the clergy among others.
By Doreen Nasasira