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Increasing Crime Rate Worries Bishops

While delivering his message during the Way of Cross on Good Friday, the Luweero Anglican Diocesan Bishop Eldard Nsubuga Kironde expressed worry of the crime rates yet there exists churches that put Christians into right direction.
Bishop Eldard Nsubuga Kironde,Bishop Paul Ssemogerere and District Woman MP Lilian Nakate lead Way of the Cross in Luweero town on Good Friday

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The Luweero Anglican Diocesan Bishop is worried of the increase in crime rates in the country.

While delivering his message during the Way of Cross on Good Friday, the Luweero Anglican Diocesan Bishop Eldard Nsubuga Kironde expressed worry of the crime rates yet there exists churches that put Christians into right direction.

Nsubuga explained that surprisingly in Europe where churches are being sold and turned into entertainment places, there are declining crime rates and prisons are closing down.

Nsubuga called on the Christians to use the Good Friday to turn to God and be the salt as well as light of the World in order to stop engaging in criminality.

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In his message, the Kasana-Luweero Catholic Diocesan Bishop Paul Ssemogerere asked Christians to use the Way of cross event to pray to God and remember the crucifixion of Jesus Christ to take away our sins.

Ssemogerere added that Way of Cross is not a show-off event by Christians.

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In Luweero town council, there are about 174 churches and the number of entire district is not known as every day a church is opened.

But despite of large number of churches, crime rate is high in Luweero district. The 2017 Annual Crime Police report ranked Luweero district third in the Country, after Kiryandongo with 116 cases and Mbarara with 107 cases. The district recorded 93 cases of homicide in 2017.

Paul Kangave Savannah Regional Police Spokesperson said that although the church can be play a big role to stop people from committing crimes, some religious leaders do not live an exemplary life. 

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Lillian Nakate the Luweero District Woman Member of Parliament said the Bishops’ message were timely and asked residents to love each other as Jesus did.

In Kabale, the Bishop of Kigezi Diocese, Rt. Rev. George Bagamugunda has condemned cases of Kidnap in Uganda.

Bagamuhunda says that despite, several appeals by various religious leaders to some members of public to desist from criminal activities, they have kept a deaf ear.

Bagamuhunda’s comments follow a recent kidnap of American tourist, Kimberley Sue Endicott.

Kimberley was kidnapped together with her Ugandan tour guide, Jean-Paul Mirenge Remezo while at Edward Flats inside Queen Elizabeth National Park in Kameme village, Kibimbiri Parish, Kihihi Sub County, Kanungu District on April 2nd, 2018. 

They later demanded a ransom of USD 500,000 using their victims' cell phones. The gunmen released their victims after reportedly receiving a negotiated sum of USD 30,000 (about UGX 37.5 million) out of USD 500,000 they had earlier demanded.

While delivering his Easter message on Friday at Rugarama hill in Kabale Municipality, Bagamuhunda says that criminal acts of crime scare away foreigners especially tourists and investors from visiting Uganda.

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Bagamuhunda also asked Christians to desist from evil acts of hatred, murder, burglary and witch craft because they are condemned by God. He also called for repentance among Christians in order for them to enter into God’s Kingdom. 

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