President Museveni pledges help to COU over threats to attach Church House

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NAMUGOGO, Uganda

President Yoweri Museveni has given assurances to the Church of Uganda that no one will take away Church House from the Church as long as he is still alive.

The President, accompanied by the 1st Lady and Minister of Education and Sports, was speaking at the Anglican Shrine in Namugongo, Wakiso District during the annual Uganda Martyrs’ celebrations. Kigezi Diocese led the celebrations for this year’s Martyrs’ Day celebrations.

President Yoweri Museveni, First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports Janet Museveni, Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda,arrive at the Anglican Martyrs Shrine, Namugongo. Sunday, April 3rd 2018. PHOTO CREDIT:  PPU/ENOCK KAKANDE

 

President Yoweri Museveni, and First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports Janet Museveni, join other believers in a hymn at the Anglican Martyrs Shrine, Namugongo. Sunday, April 3rd 2018. PHOTO CREDIT: PPU/ENOCK KAKANDE

 

Former FDC President (Rtd Col) Dr. Kiiza Besigye join other believers in praise and worship at the Anglican Martyrs Shrine, Namugongo. Sunday, April 3rd 2018. PHOTO CREDIT: PPU/ENOCK KAKANDE

President Museveni said he had seen media reports to the effect that the Anglican Church risked losing the multi-billion Church House building located in Kampala City Centre to businessmen.

“I saw in the news today that you have issues with the Church House. They want to steal it from you. Archbishop Orombi and I worked very hard to get that house. As long as the Lord has put me here, I will not allow it to happen. I will meet and discuss with the leaders,” he said.

The President was happy that the numbers of Church of Uganda pilgrims attending the annual pilgrimage at Namugongo had increased. He promised to help the Church of Uganda so that Anglicans further develop their site at Namugongo to a higher level like their Catholic neighbours have done to theirs.

Thousands of Believers attend mass at the Anglican Martyrs Shrine, Namugongo. Sunday, April 3rd 2018. PHOTO CREDIT: PPU/ENOCK KAKANDE

“Some of you do not know that the majority of the Martyrs were Protestants. You used not to pay so much attention to this day but now you are awake. I congratulate you. We are going to develop this place like that of your brothers because I have noticed that the gradient here is too steep,” he remarked.

The President used the occasion to encourage the pilgrims to work hard for the transformation of their homes and chase away poverty. He called for efforts to live exemplary lives like that of the disciplined Puritans who played a crucial role in the building of the United States of America.

President Yoweri Museveni shaking hands with Former FDC President (Rtd Col) Dr. Kiiza Besigye during prayers at the Anglican Martyrs Shrine, Namugongo.Sunday, April 3rd 2018. PHOTO CREDIT: PPU/ENOCK KAKANDE

“There is a saying that in this world, we are visitors and we are passing through. So some people do not care to develop their lives. The Bible says that the body is the temple of God, but if it is full of prostitution and drunkenness and poverty, how can it be the temple of God?” he remarked.

In his sermon based on the Scriptures from the Book of Revelation, Bishop David Grants Williams of Basingstoke in the United Kingdom encouraged the pilgrims to be ready to sacrifice their lives for Christ, even to the point of death, just like the Uganda Martyrs. He thanked the President for the stability in Uganda adding it has enabled the country celebrate major events in peace.

President Yoweri Museveni talking to the Guest Preacher, Rt. Rev. David Grant Williams from the United Kingdom. Sunday, April 3rd 2018. PHOTOS BY PPU/ENOCK KAKANDE
President Yoweri Museveni talking to the Guest Preacher, Rt. Rev. David Grant Williams from the United Kingdom while other Preachers look on. Sunday, April 3rd 2018. PHOTO CREDIT: PPU/ENOCK KAKANDE