President Museveni has described Kigezi Diocese as a unique church with a rich history founded on a strong religious background, commitment and sacrifice. He said it was established at a time when there was need for religion and civilization, not only in Uganda but East Africa as a whole.
The President made the remarks in a speech read for him by the Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, during the Golden Jubilee celebrations for Kigezi Diocese. The function took place at St. Peters Cathedral Rugarama in Kabale District.
Museveni noted that Kigezi Diocese celebrating a Golden Jubilee, symbolizes fifty years of faith coupled with human development and civilization. He added that it also demonstrates how far the church had come and how far it still has to go. ‘The Longevity of an institution of this nature sends out a very clear message both to its members and the world,’ he said.
The President added that the church had grown from a humble beginning and its membership had stood the test of time. ‘I would like to thank you all for not relenting and you have been the cornerstone upon which this church is built,’ the President said adding, ‘ Kigezi Diocese was the cradle for Christian revival and evangelism in the country based on the 1935 convention that took place in Kabale.’
He however expressed concern about the degenerated enthusiasm of the evangelism and the revival spirit. “The revival fire is no longer burning vigorously today as in the past. There is need for renewal of these flames in our churches and society today,” Museveni said.
He called upon the public to emulate the founders of the revival movement who upheld the values of hard work and unity with a guiding principle of ‘One Person, One destiny’. Museveni also urged the church to call for attitude change towards development by encouraging hard work and integrity. ‘Teach our people the value of hard work and self-reliance as the only way to preserve the nation from infiltration by the current global moral decadence,’ Museveni said.
The President also commended Kigezi Diocese Bishop, Rt. Rev. Eng. George Bagamuhunda for uniting the people of Kigezi beyond tribal, Political and religious affiliations.
His Grace, Archbishop Stanley Ntagali who presided over the church service, called upon the congregation to worship and serve God. “As we celebrate 50 years, let us be transformed and renewed by Christ to enable us do his will and shun evil ways of greed that lead to corruption tendencies,” Ntagali said.
He also asked families to reflect and meditate upon their lives to build strong foundations. The Archbishop advised Parliamentarians to be sensitive to the people’s needs as they legislate for the country.
The Minister of state for Finance in charge of Planning David Bahati re-echoed the need to emulate the revival founders by being selfless and honest as they serve God.
The Bishop of Kigezi Diocese Rt. Rev. Eng. George Bagamuhunda called for unity, hard work and cooperation among the Banyakigezi for the development of the region. He also thanked government for the Wealth Creation initiatives and programs that have enhanced developments in the region.
BY DOREEN NASASIRA