The Minister of State for Northern Uganda, Grace Kwiyucwiny has on behalf of the Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda launched a book, ‘The Ugandan Churches and the Political Centre: Cooperation,Co-option and Confrontation” at Makerere University.
The publication largely explains how the Christian faith and the political Centre have been intertwined from the outset in the Ugandan Christian story and the examples come from different periods and regions based on pioneering research.
While launching the book on behalf of Premier Rugunda, the Northern Uganda State Minister said there is need for more cooperation than confrontation between the Church and the State if the country is to achieve socio-economic transformation.
She applauded the Church for her complementary role in the provision of social services such as education and health in addition to mobilizing people to embrace government programmes and spiritual nourishment.
“The focus of the country is to become a middle income country by 2020 and the Church should play a role,” said the Minister.
She urged the Church to embrace government programmes such as youth livelihood programme and the women fund and also encourage the people to make good use of the funds.
The book was written by Ugandan religious scholars and political commentators including Bishop Alfred Olwa, Rev. Dr Zac Niringiye, Dr.Christine Mbabazi Mpyangu, Dr. Paddy Musana and Ofwono Opondo.
In one of the chapters, Bishop Olwa discusses late Bishop Festo Kivengere’s preaching on reconciliation into post Amin Uganda while Dr Musana in another chapter writes about the growing role of the Pentecostal churches in the Political Arena.
The Principal of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Prof. Edward Kirumira who represented the Vice Chancellor, expressed gratitude to the authors and editors for producing this useful and entertaining literature.
September 25, 2017