President Yoweri Museveni has applauded the long standing partnership between the church of Uganda and the government especially in socio-economic development efforts.
He said it was gratifying to note that alongside the church’s obvious task of ensuring the spiritual well-being of the citizens, it has been engaged in developmental projects for the well-being of communities.
The President made the remarks in his speech that was delivered by the Prime Minister, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda during the consecration and enthronement of Reverend Canon George Turyasingura as the 2nd Bishop of East Ruwenzori Diocese at St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Kamwenge in Kamwenge District on Sunday.
President Museveni said it is incumbent upon the church to nurture the faith of its members in both good and trying times, adding that the current times entail hard work coupled with justice and integrity.
“The Church should therefore take the forefront in encouraging people to nurture families and keep themselves healthy at all cost. Let the people engage in preventive healthcare and seek medical care where necessary,” Museveni said.
Museveni also asked the church to continue sensitizing the people about HIV/AIDS and also encourage them to engage in agricultural activities.
He said the government is focusing on eliminating poverty from households through its numerous wealth creation programs such as reskilling programs for the youth and women entrepreneurship programs among others.
“In this NRM “Kisanja” we are advocating for hard work in order to banish poverty from our households. While Government is undertaking major infrastructure projects in energy, oil and gas, railway, roads, ICT, among other sectors, all Ugandans are expected to work hard and engage in financial generating activities,” Museveni said.
His Excellency also thanked the people of Kamwenge for ushering in the new bishop into service and asked them to render him all the support and cooperation he needs in order to carry out his work successfully.
“I commend the church leadership and all the believers for their participation. The Church has always depended on the believers’ generosity and assistance to rebuild it and render spiritual support in many ways. I congratulate the people of Kamwenge District upon receiving a new bishop,” Museveni said.
He called upon all faithfuls to support the Bishop and be agents of change as well as help him further his vision for the people and the community
He congratulated the new Bishop, Reverend Canon George Turyasingura and advised him to trust in God’s guidance as he undertakes his work.
“I congratulate you and your dear wife upon this important milestone in your life. God has chosen you to take the responsibility of shepherding his people in this position. Be assured that the Lord will guide and strengthen you in this divine mission of shepherding his flock,” Museveni said.
The President donated a brand new vehicle to the new Bishop to enable him carry out his pastoral work.
His Grace, Archbishop Stanley Ntagali congratulated the new Bishop and asked him to be exemplary in his leadership of the church.
He said the House of Bishops will continue preaching and sensitizing the church and the country about the importance of the family, adding that husbands and wives ought to love each other in the divine institution of marriage.
Ntagali also thanked the outgoing bishop, Rt. Reverend Edward Arinaitwe Bamucwanira for mentoring the new Bishop.
The new Bishop, Reverend George Turyasingura in his charge thanked the outgoing bishop for nurturing him in ministry and laying a firm foundation.
He pledged to work with all the people in the Diocese irrespective of their identity and thoughts noting that, for the Diocese to develop, it needs to use all the skills, talents and gifts available.
Bishop Turyasingura also said he will focus on a number of key issues including undertaking Missions and evangelism, Human Resource development, health, education, revamping the Diocese Pension fund, working with the state and other religions and socio- economic transformation among others.
The outgoing Bishop. Reverend Bamucwanira thanked God for enabling him to serve in the Diocese as a bishop and asked the Clergy and the Christians of the Diocese to support his successor. He also pledged to continue supporting the church in his retirement.
Monday, January 08, 2018
BY DOREEN NASASIRA