In his statement about the outbreak dated March 20th, Bishop Kisembo notes that due to the presidential directive to close all places of worship, it is paramount that religious leaders virtually remain in contact with the Christians for comfort and spiritual guidance.
Bishop Reuben Kisembo
The Bishop of Ruwenzori Diocese, Reuben Kisembo, has asked the government
to buy airtime and space in the different media houses across the country to
enable religious leaders to share spiritual messages.
In his statement about the outbreak dated March 20th, Bishop Kisembo notes that
due to the presidential directive to close all places of worship, it is
paramount that religious leaders virtually remain in contact with the
Christians for comfort and spiritual guidance.
“Let media houses provide airtime and space and not treat this period as usual
and continue to do business as usual but rather know that these are critical
times globally and should, therefore, dedicate airtime and space for prayer,
fasting and crying to God for intervention,” reads part of Kisembo’s statement.
The Bishop further calls upon the government to equip regional referral
hospitals with modern medical equipment to do tests and provide quality health
care services to end the need of patients having to travel to Kampala or abroad
To church leaders, Kisembo says there is no resting and they should be at their
respective churches or official residences for individual prayers, counselling
and guidance plus conducting emergency baptisms for the critically ill and even
wed couples in a service of not more than 10 people.
He also says they should avail official mobile money telephone numbers and bank
accounts to Christians so that they can be used to send and bank
“It is our church’s tradition that during Easter season, churches prepare
envelops which zone leaders distribute to homes and families of our Christians.
This practice will continue in this Easter period. On Easter Monday, Zone
leaders will faithfully collect these envelopes and leaders and church leaders
be at church to receive and receipt these offerings,” the statement adds.
Due to the uncertainty surrounding the spread the Coronavirus pandemic, Kisembo
has called upon families to avoid wasteful spending of funds, foodstuffs and
In Tooro, one radio, Mountains of the Moon University – MMU radio, has already
announced free airtime of one hour to leaders of the different religions to be
used on their respective days of worship to connect with the believers.
Gilbert Matsiko, the radio’s manager, says he decided after discussing with the
Kabarole Resident District Commissioner – RDC Steven Asiimwe, on the much need
for this airtime.
Bureau Chief, Rwenzori Region