IRCU entered into a formal collaboration with the council of clan leaders in the Buganda Kingdom, to jointly use their respective influences to champion values of humanity and economic empowerment among communities they control.
Inter-Religious Council of Uganda-IRCU has established a partnership with the
Buganda kingdom's cultural leaders to harness interventions that strengthen the
values of humanity and sustainable development in families.
into a formal collaboration with the council of clan leaders in the Buganda
Kingdom, to jointly use their respective influences to champion values of
humanity and economic empowerment among communities they control.
partnership came after a four-day retreat at Maria Flo Hotel in Masaka City, in
which the religious and 52 clan leaders of Buganda agreed on eight action
points that will see them work in unison for a common good despite the
underlying divergences in ideologies.
In a joint
statement read by Monsignor Charles Kasibante, the former Vicar General of the
Catholic Archdiocese of Kampala, the leaders observed a need to jointly work
towards bringing up a generation that is nurtured with acceptable morals that
are built from a strong foundation of families.
that they re-examined their respective roles in nurturing responsible human
beings, as well as reflecting on their weaknesses that have given room for
unacceptable habits to root in society, hence agreeing on common approaches to
counteract the challenges that affect humanity.
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nurturing morals, the leaders also agreed to jointly use their cultural and
religious clout to promote dialogue and unity among their followers, as a way
of building harmony and sustainable peace in the country.
Msgr. Kasibante says that the established partnership is going to help
them better understand each other, to avoid situations of building unnecessary
tensions that usually present with dire effects to their subjects.
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Augustine Kizito Mutumba, the Chairperson of the Council of
Buganda Clan leaders indicates that although culture and religion have much in
common, they have been at conflicting terms based on wrong perceptions, hence
leaving a gap that has given chance to unacceptable habits to thrive.
He says the partnership is going to bring them closer, to
complement and better understand each other, which will eventually enable them
to have a common voice towards building proper values of humanity for the
betterment of society.
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Kingdom Prime Minister Charles Peter Mayiga appreciates the partnership as a
new foundation towards strengthening society morals, as well as correcting the
historical disputes that were created by ambiguities left behind by the
different cultural and religious teachings.
He says that
they intend to use the joint partnership as an avenue towards solving the potentials
of social-economic transformation among the subjects.
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The established partnership is an initiative spearheaded by the Buganda
Queen Mother Sylvia Naginda through the Nabagereka Development Foundation; as
one of the interventions to promote positive cultural values with contemporary
ones towards addressing development challenges