The Archbishop of the church of the province of Uganda Stephen Kazimba Mugalu has called upon Ugandans to work hard towards ending the dependency syndrome.
Kazimba made the statement while speaking at the golden jubilee celebrations for Bunyoro-Kitara Diocese at St. Peters cathedral Duhaga in Hoima city on Sunday.
Extracting his sermon from the book of Luke 4:18, archbishop Kaziimba said that jubilee is about setting people free, renewing of life, reconciliation, forgiveness, recommitment and hard work.
He therefore tasked Ugandans to use the next 50 years to end their dependency on other countries.
The archbishop believes that Uganda is endowed with a lot of resources including oil and fertile soils which if well utilised, can end the suffering of its citizens in Arab countries where they are currently being employed as domestic workers.
Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja, who represented president Museveni as the guest of honour, commended the good working relationship between the church and government in the spiritual and social development of the society.
Nabbanja delivered the president’s package of sh200m to the Bunyoro-Kitara Diocese and asked the church to support the government’s programmes aimed at fighting poverty among the Ugandans citing the Parish Development Model (PDM).
The Prime Minister also launched the fundraising drive for the diocese’s Radio Station with a sh20m contribution from which over sh109m was realised in cash and pledges.
Rt. Rev. Samuel Kahuma, the Bishop of Bunyoro-Kitara Diocese applauded the government for the support it extended towards the celebrations and requested it to buy a bus for Duhaga secondary school which is the oldest post primary education institution in the region.
The Omuhikirwa (Prime Minister) of Bunyoro-Kitara Kingdom, Andrew Kirungi Bwakutaga, applauded the good relationship that has existed between Bunyoro-Kitara Diocese and the Kingdom.
Byakutaga cited donating land for the establishment of the Diocese as a sign of confidence the kingdom had in the church as it was with the case with other religious denominations.
Byakutaga urged the congregation to value marriage and keep the good cultural morals of the Banyoro and to work towards improving their household incomes in order to have respectable homes.
Bunyoro Affairs State Minister Jennifer Kacha Namuyangu reminded Nabbanja of the unfulfilled pledge including 27 tractors promised by the government to the Anglican Church.