President Yoweri Museveni has said the church must help societies to metamorphose and make transition from peasantry to a middle propertied and skilled working class society. He said the church needs to engage in creating first class infrastructure assets to facilitate creation of wealth.
Museveni made the remarks in his speech that was delivered by the Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda during the 5th anniversary of the consecration and enthronement of Bishop Samuel George Bogere Egesa of Bukedi Diocese at St. Peter’s Cathedral in Tororo on Saturday.
Museveni congratulated Bishop Samuel George Bogere Egesa and commended him for taking off sometime to thank God for granting him grace to serve him.
He thanked the church for partnering with government in enhancing infrastructural development in the country which is NRM’s top development agenda. He said NRM has prioritized infrastructure development in key areas of transport, energy and ICT to lower the cost of doing business.
“A large number of roads have been improved or tarmacked to boost agricultural production and support resource-based manufacturing including in rural areas. Building roads is also strategic to facilitating trade and supporting EAC regional integration initiatives,” the President said.
He urged Christians to work towards transforming the nation which will propel the country to reach its middle income status.
“We need people who are creators of wealth and not simply guzzlers of what others produce. The Christians must be at the center of the production conveyor belt and not bystanders. We need people with progressive and analytical mindsets. We need a population with developmental and transformational revolutionary ideas and not simply spectators”, Museveni said.
Museveni also called upon the church to groom the youth and inculcate in them values of integrity and hard work. He said they should also be molded to be thinkers, planners and agents of progressive change.
“While, we the adults are the leaders of today, the youth are the leaders of today and tomorrow. We therefore, must have evidence based programs and interventions that ensure youth development, empowerment and progress. We must have the capacity to measure progress and ensure that all times we are on course and impacting our society,” the President said.
He urged the youth to engage in the youth development programs that the government has put in place such as the youth livelihood programme, Green jobs and Fair Labour market programme, Universal education and reskilling programme to develop the human resource capital among others.
During the function, the Diocese also engaged in a fundraising activity for the construction project of the Bishop’s house, to which the President contributed 30 million shillings.
The Archbishop of Church of Uganda, His Grace, Stanley Ntagali in his sermon, called upon the Christians to embrace the practice of giving thanks to God and also daily repent of their sins in order to access eternal life.
Ntagali also commended Bishop Egesa for being a good team builder and communicator who has used his God given gifts to glorify God through leadership. He urged Christians of Bukedi Diocese to support him in his work.
Bishop Samuel Egesa Bogere thanked God for his grace that has enabled him to serve Bukedi Diocese for the past 5 years.
He also thanked the people of Bukedi Diocese for supporting his ministry and also pledged to continue promoting team work, unity and pushing for intensive advancement of the mission of the gospel in the Diocese.
Bishop Egesa also said he will continue to partner with Government and non-governmental organizations in the fight against poverty in communities, in addition to advancing the spirituality, morality and integrity of society.
Bishop Egesa was consecrated as a Bishop of Bukedi Diocese on Februaray 10th 2013. The function was attended by Minister of State for Health, Sarah Opendi, Minister of State for East African Affairs, Julius Maganda and Members of Parliament among others.
BY DOREEN NASASIRA
Sunday, February 11, 2018