Museveni Breaks Silence on Pope’s Visit

As Primary leaving Examinations kick off Monday across Uganda, troche three emergency centers have been established for the Ntoroko’s displaced flood victims.

The centers were put in place by UNICEF in conjunction with the Ministry of Education to enable the primary seven candidates do their final examinations for 2014 without experiencing any difficulties.

Ntoroko Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Wilson Isingoma said district officials were forced to create three emergence centers that will host and accommodate pupils to do their P.L.E after their schools were destroyed by floods.

The centers are Rwamabale in Kibuuku Sub-County which will accommodate 52 candidates, Butungama in Butungama Primary in Sub County hosting 126 pupils and Kamuhigi Primary in Rwebisengo sub county to take charge of 264 candidates.

Ntoroko  District Education Officer, Masereka Mubaraka, said they agreed with Ministry of Education and the Examining body (UNEB)  to move the candidates to these special venues.

“The district provided vehicles while UNICEF facilitated us with fuel to have the children transported to these centers,” said Masereka.

“UNICEF provided tents at the centers where they will be accommodated for two days. However, there are no mosquito nets. The children have no mattresses and blankets. They will be sleeping in coldness and therefore need God’s prayers to do these examinations”.

Masereka expressed concern over lack of safe water in the area since boreholes were submerged by floods.

The toilet facilities in the area are also inadequate, putting the candidates at the risk of water-borne diseases.

UNICEF promised to provide the centers with drinking water.

The district started experiencing heavy floods on October 24 following heavy rains in the hilly areas of Democratic Republic of Congo that led to bursting of Rive Semuliki.
Why do the newspapers and, information pills I imagine, the radios and Televisions (TVs) in Uganda like to be inaccurate, mendacious and speculative in their reporting? Why do you not insist on proven facts before you air or you put in print any news item?

In respect of the possible visit to Uganda by His Holiness the Pope in 2015 in order to celebrate with us the 50th anniversary of the canonization of the Uganda Martyrs in 1964, the following are the facts:

On the 26th of August, 2014, I wrote a letter to His Holiness the Pope inviting him to visit Uganda in 2015 for the reasons stated above. There had also been some earlier communications about the same issue that I would not like to go into here.

On the recent occasion when I visited His Holiness, my first point was to reiterate my invitation for him to visit Uganda in 2015 for the purpose stated above.

I also brought up other points that I would not like to go into here as well, because our meeting was private and not a public rally.

On the point of visiting Uganda, he answered that he is going to Africa next year and may include Uganda in the visit.

However, the final itinerary had not been made. As I was leaving, he said, with his characteristic humility, that I should pray for him so that he is able to visit Uganda. I said that, not only would I pray for him, but that, I would ask all Ugandans to pray for him and for the visit.

Later on, when I met Cardinal Paralin, the Secretary of State, he reflected, in his remarks, that two Popes have visited Uganda (in 1969 and 1993) before but that Uganda is the land of the martyrs.

Therefore, five things are clear:

Number one, I have, on behalf of Uganda, invited His Holiness Pope Francis to visit Uganda so as to celebrate with us the 50th canonization of the Uganda Martyrs in 1964.

Secondly, I was informed that definitely the Pope will visit Africa next year because he has already visited some other parts of the world (Asia, the Middle East, Albania, etc., etc.) but not Africa yet.

Thirdly, that, however, the detailed programme of his African visit is not yet made or concluded.

Fourthly, that Uganda may be included and His Holiness asked me to pray for him so that he visits Uganda. I am going to start praying about it and I ask all of you to pray for His Holiness to visit Uganda.

Fifthly, I pointed out to the Secretary of State that although two previous Popes have visited Uganda before, Uganda is unique by being the land of the African Martyrs and also, apparently, the point of the greatest concentration of saints; moreover, these martyrs are not regarded as mere Ugandan.

As you normally witness on the 3rd of June, Martyrs Day, Africans come from Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Congo DR, Malawi, Nigeria, South Sudan, Cameroon, etc. etc. The martyrs are, therefore, not merely Ugandan; they are African and International.

Therefore, dear inaccurate press of Uganda, those are the facts on the subject of His Holiness’s possible visit to Uganda next year 2015.

Yoweri K. Museveni (Gen. rtd)


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