The Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda has said freedom of worship and religion is a fundamental right that every Ugandan Citizen is entitled to and should enjoy, adding that however, the liberty should be enjoyed within the perimeters of the law.
He made the remarks during a fundraising function for the construction of Awelo Assembly Church, which is part of the Pentecostal Assemblies of God, Lira in Amolatar District on Sunday.
The Prime Minister called upon the church to mobilize the people to engage in Operation Wealth Creation programs to create wealth, adding that that Government is committed to eradicating poverty and increasing household incomes in the country.
“The Church is fundamental in mobilizing people to engage in wealth creating activities such as those initiated by Government under Operation Wealth Creation to fight poverty and improve household incomes,” Rugunda said.
The Premier also lauded the people of Amolatar District for supporting the NRM government and its policies, noting that Government is aware of the development needs in the District and is addressing them.
He said Government is in the process of procuring a new propeller for the second Ferry that broke down to ease water transport across Lake Kyoga.
Dr. Rugunda bought a bull at 5m shillings during the fundraising, which he donated to Awelo Assembly church. He also pledged additional 20million shillings towards the Church construction project.
The Minister of State for Defence, Okello Engola, asked the Church to preach against the use of violence in settling conflicts in society in order to maintain peace. He said the Church should help people solve problems amicably through prayer, counselling and dialogue.
He also warned society against supporting and engaging in violent acts.
“Desist from using illegal means such as violence to solve problems because they destabilize the country. Uganda is secure, so let us work to ensure that peace is maintained in the country. Be alert and vigilant to ensure that guns are only handled by the authorized people,” Minister Engola said.
The Woman Member of Parliament for Amolatar District, Hon. Doreen Amule thanked the government for the different development projects it is undertaking in Amolatar District, and requested that it should consider tarmacking the Roads in the District.
She also commended her fellow Members of Parliament from Lango sub-region for enhancing peace and unity in the area through mutual cooperation and coordination. She thanked the people for supporting the drive towards the construction of Awelo Assembly church, where she is also a member.
The overseer of Pentecostal Assemblies of God, Lira, Bishop Joel Mukalo said it is important to build a church, because it is not only a house of prayer, but it also symbolizes a Christian’s open and public declaration of faith in God. He also added that a church is place where Christians receive instructions to live transformed lives.
Over 40 million shillings was raised in both cash and pledges at the function.
The event was also attended by Kioga county Member of Parliament, Okello Anthony, District Officials and other stakeholders.
Monday, August 27, 2018