President Yoweri Museveni has said the Government and the Church will continue to work together as partners in development for the spiritual and socio- economic transformation of the country.
The President noted that NRM is a strong upholder of Christian tenets and envisions a Diocese that is Christ-Centered, theologically sound, spiritually alert, financially stable and development oriented.
President Museveni made the remarks in his speech that was delivered by the Prime Minister, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda during the enthronement and consecration of Bishop Alfred Olwa as the 3rd Bishop of Lango Diocese. The Ceremony took place at All Saints Boroboro in Lira District and was presided over by His Grace, Archbishop Stanley Ntagali.
The President pledged NRM government’s commitment to continue standing as a vanguard of justice, peace, security, democracy and reconciliation, adding that, this will be done in partnership with the church in order to front ideas of anti-sectarianism, unity, liberation and transformation for prosperity of the country which will drive it into a middle income status.
“The church in Uganda has been a reliable partner of government in provision of social services and advancing economic transformation. As government, we are ready to work with our spiritual fathers in matters that are important to all Ugandans, and we are open and prepared to consult you because you are true partners in development,” Mr. Museveni said.
He added that the two entities have a duty and a responsibility to work together to improve the welfare of the people, especially in regard to eradicating poverty and ignorance, combating diseases, fighting corruption and providing the country with a moral compass.
Museveni called upon the public to engage in developmental programs and activities initiated by NRM government such as UPE, USE, Operation wealth creation (OWC) and to also make use of the prevailing peace and infrastructure to transform their lives.
His Grace, the Archbishop Stanley Ntagali called upon the new bishop, Alfred Olwa to exercise humility in service and also preach the gospel of salvation to the flock.
He asked the congregants to pray and concentrate on building strong family foundations and relations for the development of the country.
“Pray for the family, because if we have strong families, we have a strong nation. Let’s work hard to fight against the problems that eat up the family such as homosexuality, poverty, divorce and corruption among others,” the Archbishop advised.
He urged the public to jealously guard the peace the country is enjoying, adding that the government and the church should jointly address the country’s problems.
The new Bishop, Rt. Rev Alfred Olwa, in his speech, prayed and committed his life and work in God’s hands to enable him serve the people of Lango Diocese without any segregation.
He pledged to ensure proper financial accountability, foster reconciliation centred in Jesus Christ and also promote teamwork, stewardship of Diocesan property, theological education, mission and evangelism as well as socio-economic development and social justice.
The new Bishop received a brand new vehicle from the President as a donation to enable him perform his Pastoral responsibilities.
The Preacher of the day was the most Rev. Benjamin Kwashi, Archbishop of the Province of Jos in Nigeria and his sermon emphasized the need to have quality people in Ministry to advance the work of God adding that God is looking for problem solvers with a good report in private and public life and full of the holy spirit to address the enormous challenges in Africa.
Bishop Alfred Olwa replaces outgoing Lango Diocese Bishop Rt. Rev John Charles Odurkami.
Bishop Olwa started service as an ordained priest in 1994, He has served the church in a number of positions including Archdeacon and Diocesan Secretary of Lango Diocese, Hospital and Prison Chaplain in Lira district and most recently the Dean of the faculty of Divinity and Theology at Uganda Christian University.
BY DOREEN NASASIRA