President Yoweri Museveni has urged the Church to partner with Government and Members of Parliament to ensure that programmes aimed at helping people get out of poverty such as Prosperity for All (Bonna bagaggawale) and the Plan for Modernisation of Agriculture (PMA) become a practical reality.
The President said when people engage in gainful employment which enables them to earn salaries and wages, government raises enough taxes for use in provision of basic social services like roads, hospitals, schools and safe water.
Mr. Museveni’s message was contained in a speech read for him by the Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda at the consecration and enthronement of Rev. Canon Eridad Kironde Nsubuga as the 3rdBishop of the Diocese of Luweero at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Luweero on Sunday.
“As the church takes care of the spiritual wellbeing of her congregation and community, their socio- economic status must also be seriously taken into account,” said the President.
He applauded the Church for initiating and promoting education and health in the country, adding that the Church must continually teach the people about proper nutrition, proper hygiene, immunisation and responsible sexual behaviour to prevent HIV/AIDS.
Museveni said Government has made several attempts to revamp the economic and social setting of Luweero which suffered various effects of the liberation struggle including destruction and loss of property and lives.
He said immense efforts have been put in the provision of public services such as education, infrastructure and health, adding that the bulk of people are still poor because of failure by households to embrace commercial agriculture.
The President congratulated the new Bishop and urged the Christians of Luweero to continue working together for the transformation of society regardless of their denominational background.
Dr Rugunda handed over a brand new vehicle from President Museveni to the new Bishop to enable him effectively deliver his pastoral and development work in the diocese.
The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda who presided over the consecration and enthronement thanked President Museveni for supporting the Church, adding that the church was ready to actively participate in agro-economic development of the country.
Bishop Nsubuga who takes over from retired Bishop Evans Kisekka pledged to use the church land for income generating projects, in addition to constructing a pension house to support pension scheme for the clergy.