By Ronald Kabuye
The presiding Bishop for the Evangelical Orthodox church (EOC) in Uganda that subscribes to Eastern Catholic rite Jacinto Kibuuka has used this year’s martyr’s day celebrations at Mamre international prayer Centre Namugongo Janda to advise on the upcoming 2021 elections.
In his speech as the chairperson of the Christian Ecumenical Council of Uganda CECU, an umbrella body under which they organized the celebrations, Bishop Kibuuka urged the public to be peaceful, respectful, intelligent and vigilant during the upcoming 2021 elections.
“There is no need to strangle ourselves, cause violence, election rigging and causing bloodshed as our grandparents did.
The most important and wise thing to do is to consolidate the peace we have for development is by having peaceful elections that are attractive to even the entire world.”
He also emphasized that keeping peace and stability is for all of us not only security agencies alone.
The main preacher of the day, Bishop Jean Beadstad of Worldwide Anglican Church WWAC from United States of America said that nothing will ever destroy or stop Christianity from thriving.
He also alluded to the fact that African is turning out to be the light of the entire world from being a dark continent since it has taken lead in spreading the word of God.
Bishop Kibuuka together with archbishop of WWAC in Uganda Christopher Lwanga Tusuubira appealed to government to help them develop their site before applauding government and security agencies for according them maximum security throughout the entire celebrations and gazzetting Mamre as third Christian martyrs site in Uganda.
The Resident District Commissioner RDC of Kibuku district Juliet Najuma Ssenkoole thanked CECU for being United adding that unity is what Uganda needs.
This year’s celebrations were led by Worldwide Anglican Church under the theme “God will save us from the blazing furnace.
The celebrations attracted pligrimages from Kibuku district, Hoima, Kiryandongo, Kaliro and Kitebi in Lubaga division.
The next celebrations will be led by Charismatic Episcopal Church.
Members churches of Christian Ecumenical Council of Uganda (CECU) include Evangelical Orthodox Church, worldwide Anglican Church, Orthodox Anglican Church, charismatic Apostolic Church of Africa, Universal Peace Federation, Brazilian Charismatic Church and Anglo Catholic Church.