President Yoweri Museveni has urged leaders and Ugandans at large to exhibit discipline in their work and daily lives.
Speaking during the 18th National Prayer Breakfast at Hotel Africana on Saturday 10th October, 2016, the President said that discipline was an important virtue for Uganda to grow and develop into a First World country.
“Christian sects helped build the United States and South Korea through their strong values of discipline, frugality, family unity and hard work,” President Museveni said.
Museveni added that as Christians in Africa, there was a need to adopt these values in order to prevail over Uganda’s environment.
“I see many Christians in Uganda who resign their lives to chance by praying the entire day; prayer without work will not save you from famine, disease, poverty among others,” he said.
The President urged leaders to encourage believers and all Ugandans to utilize the resources of discipline, hard work, honesty and unity to build a better nation.
During the Prayer Breakfast whose theme was, “We shall know them by their fruits”, Members of Parliament prayed for a better nation.
The MPs prayed against corruption, bad governance, homosexuality, and abortion among others.
Hon. Cecilia Ogwal (Dokolo) prayed for the Nation, Hon. James Nsaba Buturo (Bufumbira East) prayed for the world, while Hon. Hatwib Katoto (Katerera) prayed for government among others.
In her prayer, Ogwal said, “We decry the evil of cancer, homosexuality, child sacrifice and corruption. We pray for a more democratic society.”
Buturo said that the country is witnessing the unraveling of moral fabric and that the relationship with God.
Katoto prayed that government remains tolerant and accountable to the people.
At the closure, President Museveni read out a government declaration pronouncing 2017 as a year for promoting Family Unity.
The Keynote Speaker of the day, the former British Member of Parliament and Minister for Defence, Jonathan William Patrick Aitken, said that there was a tendency of people to be consumed and get lost in earthly desires.
He added that his Political career came to an end when he committed perjury. “I thought that with power I could get away with the mistakes I had made. We need to be more disciplined,” Aitken said.
The Prayer Breakfast, which is an annual function hosted by Parliament was attended by Speaker and Deputy Speaker, the First Lady, Ministers and Dignitaries.