President Yoweri Museveni has applauded the Speaker of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA), Rt. Hon Daniel Fred Kidega, for giving thanks to the Lord for all his bounty to him.
“What you have done is right and fitting. There is nothing you can ever give to the Lord that is more precious than Thanksgiving,” Museveni said.
President Museveni’s remarks were contained in a speech read for him by the Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda at the thanksgiving ceremony for Dan Kidega upon his elevation to become the Speaker of the EALA at Kaunda grounds in Gulu Municipality on Saturday.
Kidega’s election unopposed as Speaker of EALA followed the impeachment of Margaret Nantongo Ziwa in November 2014.
President Museveni said Kidega was a hardworking man but above all he had God’s favour on top of everything.
The President contributed 50 million shillings towards Kidega’s thanksgiving ceremony.
The main celebrant at the thanksgiving mass was Archbishop John Baptist Odama, the Archbishop of Gulu Archdiocese who thanked God for giving Acholi land a son who had brought pride to Northern Uganda as Speaker of the East African Legislative Assembly.
The Archbishop asked Kidega to remain humble if he wanted to be more successful; adding that thanksgiving gives a clear message that God is the leader of all leaders.
Kidega on his part said he was forever grateful to the Almighty God for his providence and sustenance.
He thanked the NRM Government for availing the youth various opportunities to nurture their talents.
He particularly thanked President Museveni for his wise leadership and for ensuring that peace prevails in the country especially in Northern Uganda.
He also thanked the members of EALA for investing their faith in him as their Speaker.
“I am committed to serve all East Africans to ensure that the ideals of integration become a reality,” Kidega said.
Present at the thanksgiving mass were the Deputy Speaker of the Parliament, Jacob Oulanya, Ministers, Members of EALA, Members of Parliament, The Secretary General of the East African Community Dr Richard Sezibera and the Paramount Chief of Acholi Kingdom Rwot David Achana II among others.