By Ronald Kabuye
The Bishop for Central and Eastern provinces of Uganda in the Evangelical Orthodox Church EOC, that subscribes to the Eastern Catholic rite, Jacinto Kibuuka has urged both religious and leaders at all levels to join the fight against rampant poverty in the country.
This after he cited out rampant poverty amongst society as one of the challenges he has so far faced ever since he was consecrated bishop on 12- November-2017.
Bishop Kibuuka says he has responded to poverty by setting up various skilling projects which include mushroom growing, soap and book making, poultry keeping especially amongst youths and others vulnerable societies before asserting that fighting unemployment is a responsibility of every leader not only government.
The charismatic Bishop also condemned the violence mounted against journalists and other Ugandans by security agencies before calling for calmness amongst society.
He further sent his condolences to the administration, parents and students of St. Bernard SS Manya in Rakai districts where fire gutted S3 students dormitory and left 9 students dead and 24 still fighting for their lives.
It’s on this note he urged police to speed up the investigation into the matter so that justice is served to the bereaved families and those affected in any way.
During his thanksgiving divine liturgy held at Mamre international prayer centre Namugongo Janda, Bishop Kibuuka urged the congregation to always keep him in their prayers so that he can fulfill the obligation that was entrusted to him by God to lead on his flock.
He thanked God for always guiding him and strengthening him amidst all persecution.
In the same way the vicar general in the same EOC provinces, Reverend Father Innocent Lulangirwa also thanked God for keeping the ministry, the clergy and Bishop Kibuuka steadfast amidst all persecution.
He applauded Bishop Kibuuka for being a great leader who has kept on God in all circumstances thus reading out Luke 12:4-5 to the congregation.
” 4 “I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. 5 But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after your body has been killed, has authority to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him.”