President Yoweri Museveni has urged the church to promote sound family values, good attitude towards work and peaceful resolution of conflicts in the country.
The president made the call in a message delivered for him by the Vice President Edward Ssekandi at the celebrations to mark 50 years of Ankole Diocese.
The Golden Jubilee event was held at the Diocese headquarters in Ruharo Mbarara on Sunday.
President Museveni urged the Anglican Church to continue cultivating good relationships with other religious faith organizations in order to promote unity and harmony, hence foster development among Christians.
Museveni noted that such areas remain a key in improving living standards of people.
He said that this celebration does not only symbolize 50 years of faith but also human development, civilization and service to human kind and called upon Godly people to work hard to engage in productive economic ventures to ensure sustainable income for both the church and households.
“I call upon people to work hard and engage in productive economic ventures; I also charge the churches to continue engaging in income generating activities that shall ensure sustainable income for the church in your respective parishes.”
The president also urged the public to use important natural resources sustainably without degrading the environment as one way of averting natural calamities such as prolonged dry spell that is hitting the country.
Museveni revealed that fighting environmental degradation requires concerted efforts, asking the clergy to rally their flock in ensuring that the threats against the surroundings are stopped.
Ankole diocese was in 1967 curved out of former Ankole-Kigezi diocese and has since led to the birth of other four dioceses which include; West Ankole diocese, North Ankole diocese, South Ankole diocese and the recent North-West Ankole diocese.
The President sent in Shs 10Million cash to support church projects which include the Ankole Millennium Sacco, and a Museum being constructed for the diocese.
At the event, however, Bishop Sheldon Mwesigwa asked the president to fulfill the pledge of tarmacking the diocese road connecting it to the main Mbarara-Bushenyi road for easy access and monitoring of other church projects that includes schools and many others.
He revealed that the road serves key institutions such as Ruharo hospital, vocational school, Mbarara High school, Mbarara Junior among others.