Vice-President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi has urged religious leaders to be good lobbyists for their churches and communities.
In a speech read by the junior minister for Gender and Culture, Rukia Nakadama, during the 83rd anniversary celebrations of St John’s church, Bulanga in Baitambogwe archdeaconry, Ssekandi said religious leaders were highly respected by society and could easily spur development.
“Strive to attract local and foreign genuine and string-free investments that can create jobs for your flock and urge people to work hard by showing a practical example,” Ssekandi said.
He said most churches had land which could be used for commercial production to sustain church activities. Rev Canon Daniel Kiiza, the retired dean of Bugembe cathedral, who represented the bishop of Busoga diocese, challenged all government organs to demonstrate true unity, for Ugandans to emulate.
“We can never preach unity in church or in government when we hear cliques between and or among organs of government like the Executive facing off with Parliament. But if unity is realised at that level, we shall try to preach it with ease in churches,” Kiiza said.
The vice-president contributed Shs 3m to church’s refurbishment.
Source : The Observer