President Yoweri Museveni has blamed confessed believers in Uganda for the increasing evils faced in the country today.
He said 85 percent of the population in Uganda is Christians while 12 percent are Muslims making 97 percent believers in God but wondered why cases of murder, sexual immorality, human sacrifice, corruption and embezzlement among others exist in the country.
In a message read for him by the Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi during the Seventh Day Adventist annual end of year prayer and thanksgiving conference at Namboole Stadium on Sunday, Mr Museveni said that Uganda is one of the richest countries on earth and most pleasant to live in if believers lived according to God’s instructions.
The President said if believers aspired to be God fearing people and faithful stewards living in harmony with each other, respecting the environment and genuinely loved God, the country would be the most peaceful place and full of blessings than it is even today.
Museveni implored the church not to get tired of combining the teaching of God’s word with general life skills, adding that people should be taught to work hard for an honest living to create wealth and ensure that poverty is eradicated
The president also said that while government is ensuring the improvement of access to basic social services including roads, schools and health centers, it is the duty and responsibility of all Ugandans to fight poverty in their homes.
He urged the church to be at the forefront of the struggle against all forms of oppression and marginalization of weak and vulnerable groups as well as all forms of corruption but urged the leaders to continue to extending a hand of friendship, tolerance and love to all
Museveni also asked the church to continue to the campaign against the HIV/AIDS pandemic saying it is still a social economic problem and that it was the church’s responsibility to advise the country’s youths to guard against the scourge.
“I also urge the church to be vigilant and guide the country’s youth and children in the way they should grow as responsible people. Society continues to be infiltrated by errant and abominable behavior that is eroding especially the young generation,” he said.
Bishop James Kaggya thanked God for taking Ugandans through the year 2014 and prayed for the protection and guidance of all Ugandans and the country’s leadership in the New Year.