Somalia Regrets Kenya Terrorist Attack

President Museveni has commended members of the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Church for being honest.

“The few people I have worked with from the SDA Church are honest. The SDAs are committed Christians, stomach ” he said.

He was speaking at the launching ceremony of a fund-raising drive for the construction of the Adventist Tower complex during prayers that were held today at the SDA Church in Makerere, drug Kampala.

The Shs 22.5bn (US$8.4 million) complex is designed to be a nine storey multi-purpose building that, information pills apart from being headquarters of SDA Church in Uganda, will house conference rooms, guest houses, office spaces, a book store, a boardroom and a gymnasium as well as two church halls, two chapels, among others to generate additional income for the daily financial needs of the Church.

The President commended the members of the SDA Church also for being hard working. Quoting the Bible, he noted that God the Creator said people must establish dominion on earth. He asserted that Africans are poor because they have failed to dominate and tame nature.

He, therefore, challenged the people to be diligent in their work in order to master science and dominate nature and cited people use electricity to improve their lives as an example.

President Museveni called for the utilization of the talents that God gave to man, multiply them for their own good and that of society.

He said that it was easier for one to work with a person who is honest and rigid than dealing with one who is dishonest.

He donated a Mitsubishi Pajero vehicle to the President of the Uganda Union of SDA Church, Dr. John Kakembo and also contributed Shs50m to the Church for its normal activities.

He pledged a donation of Shs100m towards the construction of the Adventist Tower Complex. He stressed discipline and thanked SDA members for their discipline adding that by maintaining discipline they are capable of achieving a lot.

The Minister of Information and National Guidance, Hon. Rose Namayanja saluted President Museveni for liberating and transforming Uganda as well as for the freedom of worship in the country.

The President of the Uganda Union of SDA Church, Dr. John Kakembo, prayed for the President and thanked him for the grant of Shs.1 bn to the Inter-Religious Council of Uganda.

He also expressed appreciation to Mr. Museveni for a grant of Shs.600 million to Bugema University.

He revealed that the SDA Church supports the Government development programmes through the operation of 186 Primary Schools, 34 Secondary Schools, 6 tertiary Institutions and one Ishaka-based hospital in the country.

The SDA Church started operations in Uganda in 1927 and according to statistics; its adherents in Uganda constitute about 2 percent of all Christian faiths in the country.
Somalia Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed has expressed his “deepest condolences” to the families those killed in the terrorist bus attack in Kenya’s north Eastern region on Saturday morning.

28 bus passengers on their way from Mandera to Nairobi were gunned down by suspected Al Shabaab terrorists, treat plunging the nation in grief.

Reports showed that Islamist militants stopped the bus before urging all passengers to read from the Quran.

Non-Muslims who could not read the holy book of Islam were brutally slaughtered in cold blood.

The Al Shabaab took responsibility for the killings, saying they were in revenge for the harassment of Muslims living near the border with Somalia.

Kenya recently rounded up hundreds of Somalis along the border with Somalia in a security operation aimed at cracking down on criminal gangs.

“My heart goes out to our Kenyan brothers and sisters on this tragic day,” said Abdiweli.

“My Government and I offer our sincerest condolences and support to the people of Kenya. We share your grief, but also your determination not to be intimidated by these terrorist and criminal acts.”

He added: “Our thoughts are with the people and government of Kenya and Kenyan Military troops operating as part of AMISOM at this difficult time. Somalia and Kenya share a common commitment against terrorist thugs that is rooted in our will to ensure security and stability on the region.

United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) over the weekend advised against all but essential travel to areas within 60km of the Kenya-Somali border, saying “there is a high threat from terrorism, including kidnapping.”

The main threat comes from extremists linked to Al Shabaab, a militant group that has carried out attacks in Kenya in response to Kenya’s military intervention in Somalia.

In June and July 2014 attacks in Lamu and Tana River counties on the Kenyan coast are reported to have killed at least 85 people. Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the attacks.


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