Museveni Pledges Shs500m to Bishops' Sacco


viagra approved geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>According to the President’s Special Communications Assistant, cheap Ms Sarah Kagingo, Mr Museveni paid the tribute yesterday at his Kisozi ranch in Gomba District where, together wiht the First Lady Mrs. Janet Museveni, he hosted the active and retired Bishops for a service.

The Bishops, who were accompanied by their wives were led by Bishop Jackson Matovu of Central Buganda Diocese, were attending a retreat in the area.

“I am pleased to note that the Bishops of Buganda region are committed to eradicate poverty,” said President Museveni.

He said that wealth is in five major sectors in the country, namely in agriculture, industries, services, ICT and Public Service.

He said that the leaders and Christians at large must engage in the five sectors in order to ensure prosperity.

Referring to the Bible, the President said that the human race needs to conquer the world and tame it.

He observed that when the Government and religious leaders unite they will promote the welfare of the people and their spiritual needs.

He stressed that the NRM Government was committed to ensure that Uganda is prosperous.

“We must fight against subsistence farming and embark on commercial agriculture,” the President said.

He revealed that when he acquired the Kisozi ranch the people in the neighbourhood were living in poverty.

He was pleased to note that his efforts had led to their transformation and that very home was now engaged in agrobased activities.

The President commended Bishop Matovu for his proposal to bring the Church leaders to Kisozi ranch.

He said that Uganda will win the war against homosexuality.

He commended the Bishops for leading the fight against homosexuality and urged them Bishops to promote the policy of preventing polygamy, noting that it was detrimental to the society.

He observed that several families have suffered from land fragmentation which has been witnessed after the death of family heads.

He called on the people to only share from the proceeds of the land and resist the temptation of fragmenting it.

President Museveni was pleased to learn that the Bishops had established a SACCO. He pledged Shs 500m to boost its operations.

In response to their request to fundraise for the rehabilitation and upgrading of the Namugongo martyrs shrine in preparation for Pope Francis’ visit to Uganda, he pledged a donation of Shs 100m.

The First Lady who is also the Minister for Karamoja affairs, Mrs. Janet Museveni, thanked the Bishops and their wives for going to pray at the ranch. She observed that Uganda has progressed because of the people’s prayers.

“We must listen to God and obey him.”

She thanked God for having led us. She said that the anti- homosexuality bill came up as part of accountability to God and wondered “If cows did not practice homosexuality how could we the human beings start arguing over homosexuality?”

She said that there was no turning back and stressed that the world should know that Uganda was being used as an example to other nations. She reminded the gathering that people who pray cannot be defeated.

The retired Archbishop of the Church of Uganda Dr. Mpalanyi Nkoyoyo who is also the Chairman of the committee in charge of the rehabilitation of Namugongo Martyrs shrine and construction of a modern museum revealed that plans were in an advanced stage for Namugongo to become a World Tourism attraction center.

Bishop Steven Kasimba of Mityana who led the service saluted the President for signing the anti- homosexuality bill. He noted that it had enabled the Church leaders to preach according to the Bible stand of promoting the family.

He stressed that if the law was not passed the country would have perished.

He thanked President Museveni for teaching the people how to work and thanked the First lady Mrs. Janet Museveni for her role in combating the HIV/ AIDS scourge.

While presenting the memorandum of the Association of Buganda Region Bishops, the Executive Secretary, retired Bishop Wlison Mutebi saluted the President for the work he has done for the country since he attained leadership.

He thanked him for the peace and security he has maintained.

He said that the Bishops have vowed to stand with the President over the homosexuality issue and saluted him for his strong stand against gay practices.

He revealed that the Church of Uganda has been fighting the vice as witnessed during the Lambert conference and that the Church in England and the United States of America cut off aid to Church of Uganda (COU) due to its stand.

He said that COU returned the resources and has since stood up and remained firm, and set up facilities for the treatment and counselling of homosexuality victims.

He thanked the President for ensuring that Uganda and Buganda are working together for the development of the country and for promoting education in the country.


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