President Museveni has said the Church has the responsibility of setting the people free from oppression as well as proclaiming favour and unity of the human race in the country.
The President said Jesus died on the cross because he was challenging injustice, violence and oppression, adding that Jesus gave all the power to the church to fight against these evils.
The President made the remarks in his speech that was delivered by the Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda during the 41st commemoration celebrations of the Late Archbishop Janani Luwum at Mucwini, Kitgum District on Friday.
The celebrations were organized under the theme “Behold, I am making a new thing.”
President Museveni noted that the death of Archbishop Janani Luwum was a great tragedy because the strong values that he believed were a gift to Uganda, Africa and humanity.
“The Late Archbishop Janan Luwum stood for truth, justice, faith and respect of human rights in Uganda and beyond. He was a pre- eminent Christian leader, a great martyr of the 20th century, and a compelling role model for the world, regardless of faith or any other background,” Museveni said.
He said the legacy and resonance of Janani’s testimony and example far transcends all levels of his personal heritage since he resisted intimidation of the brutal regime of Idi Amin to the extent of paying the ultimate price with his life.
“The Late Archbishop Luwum never wanted to live in peace elsewhere in the world while his people suffered in Uganda. At the height of the extra-judicial killings, it is reported that the British contacted him and were ready to take him away from Uganda but he refused to run away,” Museveni said.
The late Archbishop is quoted to have said, “If I, the shepherd flee, what will happen to the flock? I am not afraid. In all this I see the hand of God”.
The President also commended the late Archbishop for having love and a strong sense of patriotism for his country, adding that his death was a major uniting factor and a healing force within a fractured church and the country.
He said his death marked a pivotal turning point for the liberation of Uganda.
Museveni said Northern Uganda had suffered turmoil in the past years due to LRA insurgency. He thanked God and all the partners including the NRM government for enabling restoration of sanity and peace in the area.
He pledged NRM’s continued vision of working to transform Uganda from a poor peasant society into a modern Industrial, united and prosperous society in a peaceful environment.
The Archbishop of Church of Uganda, His Grace, Rev. Stanley Ntagali in his sermon preached against hatred and injustices, and called upon Christians to love one another as Ugandans irrespective of their tribes and political differences.
He asked the Christians to be united as one in Christ and also renew their lives.
Ntagali also noted that the blood of the martyrs was the seed for the church, adding that Archbishop Janan Luwum’s death propelled Christians to become more prayerful and dependent on God which led to the overthrow of Idi Amin’s regime.
The Archbishop thanked the President for making 16th February a public holiday and asked government to consider improving the site of Mucwini because it is an important center.
Archbishop Janan Luwum was murdered on 16th February 1977, by Idi Amin’s Regime. He was the Archbishop of church of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Boga–Zaire. He was also the Bishop for Kampala Diocese.
Monday, February 19, 2018
BY DOREEN NASASIRA