Pope Emphasizes Prayer in Message to Youth

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Thousands of youths have poured at Kololo Independence Grounds in Kampala amid excitement and anticipation of the Holy Father, viagra order Pope Francis’ message later Saturday afternoon.

There was a mass earlier on Saturday morning at around 8am before the crowds began following the proceedings at Namugongo martyrs shrine where the Pope was main celebrant.

Ministers, government officials and dignitaries are also in attendance awaiting Pope who is expected to arrive at Kololo at 3:30pm.

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A cross-section of young people at Kololo is anxious to receive a blessing from the Pope and believe this is a historical opportunity for Uganda.

Chimpreports interacted with a number of young people to pick their thoughts on what they expect from the Pontif’s message.

“I have been waiting for this for long and I am looking forward to it. Uganda has hosted 3 Popes so far and our generation didn’t have a chance to witness the previous visits,” said Joseph Muhindo.

He would love the Pope’s message to advise the youth on responsible living since they’re the future generation and issues like global warming, conservation and corruption.

The most outstanding issues among the few people that Chimpreports interacted with echoed on corruption, unemployment and the forthcoming elections.

Rodgers Kyeyune thought it was important to be part of history and looks forward to receiving a blessing from the head of the Catholic Church.

He said; “The Holy Father should speak about unity, peace and living our lives faithful to God. Our politics are at stake and there might be chaos during next year’s elections. I hope that the Pope can touch on this as well as corruption which has become the order of the day,” says Bridget Kukundakwe, a student at Immaculate Heart Girls SS Nyakibale.

Kukundakwe noted that the most pressing issues for the youth in Uganda are; unemployment, drug addiction, prostitution and abortion. Another youthful Gilbert Mugabe, who’s Catholic, feels it’s his responsibility to take part in this encounter since the Pope spared his time to speak to his generation.

He’s however dissatisfied with the government for not addressing unemployment. “Our political system isn’t democratic leaders as its portrayed, leaders won’t leave power and youth aren’t benefiting,” says Mugabe.

“Since the Pope is a significant figure, if he comments on our governance, maybe his voice will be heard. I really wish he speaks about it because government has done less.”

Mugabe argues that it’s from unemployment that all other bad vices amongst the youths have emanated. Meanwhile entertainment both Christian and secular continues at Kololo Airstrip as many other youths arrive.
The former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi who is standing for president on an Independent ticket has held talks with 44 Members of Parliament from the National Resistance Movement party who lost in the primary elections.

ChimpReports has learnt that the MPs led by West Budama constituency member Jacob Oboth Oboth who met at Parliament on Thursday and resolved to cross from the ruling party to Go Forward have indeed proceeded with their decision.

The legislators accused the NRM Electoral Commission under Dr. Tanga Odoi for conducting sham elections in which they ‘unfairly’ lost.

On Friday as the whole country was waiting for the arrival of His Holiness Pope Francis, website like this the hard skinned politicians were plotting to seal the grand deal.

According to inside sources the 44 MPs converged at Mbabazi`s home in Kololo just a stone throw away from the Independence Grounds where the government and Catholic Church representatives were making arrangements for the Holy Father to meet children and youths.

The meeting chaired by Mbabazi himself who was few months ago their Secretary General before being ejected by the party constitutional amendments, page sat from 10am to around 1pm.

The meeting we understand was made possible by the appearance of Mbabazi`s sister in law Hope Mwesigye who was sneaked by the Kitagwenda county MP, approved Nulu Byamukama into the Thursdays convention at Parliament.

This website has confirmed Byamukama has now defected and is the one mobilizing other disgruntled MPs mainly those who lost in the NRM primaries to defect to Go Forward.

In the meeting, a yet to be specified amount of money was offered to the unsuccessful legislators to facilitate their nomination to return in the race under the Go Forward umbrella.


The list of the MPs that met Amama Mbabazi at his House in Kololo

They however did not fully agree with Mbabazi according to those who attended the meeting but asked not be named.

“We met the Rt. Hon. (Mbabazi) but not everything was exhausted,” the source said without giving out much information.

Some of the prominent members among the 44 are Jacob Oboth-Oboth himself, his constituency neighbor Fox Odoi, Simon Mulongo who also stood for the National Vice Chairman for NRM Eastern region, Besasira Ignatius, Martin Dirto, Okeyo Peter, Nyakato Kyabanji (NRM Caucus Treasurer) among others.

When contacted on phone, Go Forward`s Hope Mwesigye said the meeting was “successful” and the 44 MPs are ready to “go forward”.

NRM Intervenes

ChimpReports has also learnt that immediately after 44 of its MPs met Mbabazi, the ruling party swung into action to contain the exodus the same day.

President Yoweri Museveni`s blue eyed girl, the state minister for Youth Affairs Evelyn Anite and the Deputy Government Chief Whip, Pater Ogwang immediately contacted Oboth-Oboth to convene his colleagues at Parliament for an “emergency” meeting.

The legislators did not disappoint but converged at the said venue at 5pm where a 5 hour meeting ensued.

In the meeting, Anite and Ogwang reportedly promised the MPs that they are going to be taken to meet President Museveni who is in a three days break from the tight campaign schedule for the Pope`s visit.

They were however first made to gentlemanly denounce Go Forward and return to NRM which the MPs agreed.

“We all agreed to abandon Mbabazi and return home (NRM). They have promised us a meeting with the president,” A source said.

The efforts to reach Anite and Ogwang on phone were futile as they didn’t pick our repeated phone calls.
Pope Francis has in his message to the young people in Uganda emphasized the importance of prayer in overcoming their life difficulties.

In reference to testimonies presented at the meeting he  held with thousands of youths at Kololo Independence grounds, more about some of whom have miraculously healed from HIV /AIDS, pills he said; “there’s always an opening of a new future through Jesus. He experienced the most negative things, he was insulted, rejected and murdered but he rose.”

The Pontiff told the thousands of youths who met him with deafening ululations that they should rely on Jesus to transform their burdens into positives, hate to love and war to peace.

“Ugandans are a people of martyrs and their (martyrs) blood runs in your veins; that’s why you enjoy good lives today. We can’t fight the evil unless we involve Jesus.Never lose desire in yo heart to pray,” further stated the Pope.

In addition to prayer, the Holy Father asked the faithful to endeavor to seek protection from Mother Mary. Pope Francis concluded his message asking the youths to include him in their prayers.


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