President Museveni has advised religious leaders in West Nile and northern Uganda to be at the forefront in fighting HIV/Aids and to “appropriately” convey the dangers of acquiring disease to the young generation so as to avert the increasing number of infections.
Mr Museveni made the remark on Sunday while addressing thousands of pilgrims who gathered to witness the climax of the week-long centenary celebrations of Catholic faith in Arua Diocese held at Indrian, Pakelle Sub-county in Adjumani.
He said the HIV prevalence rate is high among the adult people because most of them have multiple partners, but the young people can be restrained from acquiring the virus because they can easily be taught and, which he said would significantly reduce the HIV prevalence in the country.
“Many non-governmental organisations are moving around the country telling people if you convert to Islam and get circumcised, you will not be infected with the virus, but I have a long list of Muslims who have died of Aids,” Museveni said.
Museveni said he had been busy with other duties but now is the time for him to reinforce his message through Presidents Initiative on Aids Strategy for Communication to Youth (PIASCY) since its intensification will yield better results especially among the young people.
In his message, Gulu Archbishop John Baptist Odama decried the rapid decline of nuclear family, high poverty level across the country, corruption in public offices, intimidation by those who have the power and boarder conflicts which he said has reached to almost unstoppable level.
Archbishop Odama described the day which was celebrated on the theme; “The family a centre for living Catholic Christian life” as a landmark and joyous because it has opened a new chapter in the life of the believers in West Nile region.