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The Archbishop of Kampala Archdiocese, Dr.
Cyprian Kizito Lwanga wants the national dialogue fast tracked as a way of
promoting peace and reconciliation in Uganda.
The national dialogue project is spearheaded by
the Inter-Religious Council of Uganda and National Elder’s Forum.
is meant to agree on a new national consensus to consolidate peace, democracy
and inclusive development to achieve equal opportunities for all.
The national dialogue bringing together, political, religious
and civil society leaders was supposed to take place last year but was called
off on the last minute.
The Stakeholders spearheading the process met
in Entebbe last week and confirmed that the event is back on track.
During the meeting, the Deputy Attorney
General, Mwesigwa Rukutana told participants that an official communiqué on the
national dialogue has been drafted.
The document awaits the President’s signature.
While delivering his Easter message at Rubaga Cathedral, Dr. Lwanga thanked
government for accepting the national dialogue proposal.
The dialogue, he said
will offer solutions to various challenges that have beset Uganda.
Dr. Lwanga says it’s important that the
dialogue starts very soon.
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Dr. Lwanga appealed to all leaders to promote peace in their
jurisdictions. He referred to Pope Francis’ World Day of Peace message to
political leaders, saying good politics is crucial for development.
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Dr. Lwanga said ordinary Christians also have a role to play
in solving Uganda’s problem by promoting peace and reconciliation in their
families and communities. Such gestures from ordinary Ugandans, he said would
be an inspiration to the top leadership.
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The Easter mass was led by the new Apostolic Nuncio to
Uganda, Archbishop Luigi Bianco. This was Bianco’s first mass at Rubaga. He arrived
in Uganda weeks ago.
He said the resurrection of Jesus offers hope
and inspiration to people who are going through challenges.
people are having difficulties in their personal life, difficulties in the family
and difficulties of poverty. The suffering of Jesus continues in our time and
in humanity. But today, we have this great news that Christ have risen.
He has risen to give us peace, love and reconciliation,” Bianco said during the
Prince David Wassaja who spoke on behalf of Buganda Kingdom
welcomed the Apostolic Nuncio. He said the resurrection of Jesus offers
Ugandans in tough times hope that they will also overcome the challenges.
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In Mukono, Rt. Rev James William Ssebaggala, the Bishop
of Mukono Diocese urged Christians to avoid excitement in their daily lives as
one of the ways of overcoming temptations.
He said many
Christians open up and act under the influence of people with wrong intentions
who abandon them in rivers of problems.
He cited Jesus who was exalted on Palm day by
the same people who supported his crucifixion on Good Friday.
Bishop Ssebaggala also asked Christians to
contemplate on life after death, saying it is only true believers that can have
internal life after death.
He explained to believers that owning a
Christian name and coming to church doesn’t justify one before God.