Archbishop of Kampala Archdiocese, Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga has asked government to always seek public opinion to gauge sentiments during all national planning processes.

Lwanga made the call on Sunday while addressing hundreds of Christians who attended St Gyaviira Catholic Parish Day in the Kampala city suburb of Bunnamwaya. A fundraising drive was also launched for construction of a new church building.

Without any specifics, he noted that it is incumbent upon government to listen to the citizens with whom they have a social contract by virtue of having elected the head of government.

 
“All leaders in each category are elected by citizens. Before government decides to pursue an activity, they should listen to opinion of citizens for betterment of our country,” Lwanga said.

Taking a swipe at some people whom he said  have  accused religious leaders of keeping quiet on national  issues because they received cars from the government, he said that the clergy can’t come out and comment on issues which they can’t understand well, they have to first get proof.   

He applauded government for the patriotism drive, saying the initiative should be used to gauge public sentiment.

“We thank government for good programmes but I advise it to listen to people’s issues and comments before deciding to do anything,” he said.

At the same function, Lwanga presided over confirmation of 205 children. He tasked them to respect the church and parents.

He also introduced   the new Parish Priest Fr. Noah Sserunjogi, succeeding Fr. Atanansi Musajjakaawa who was sent to Bukalango Mount Zion last year.

Asked by Lwanga whether he will follow and also respect the church rules and regulations, he replied "yes". Lwanga explained to him that he had been given responsibility to lead the Christians to heaven but not hell.

He asked Catholics who are taking church sacraments wrongly, to act prudently as they renew their promises.  

Lwanga commiserated with bereaved families whose loved ones perished in road accidents. He cautioned against unnecessary speeding.

“Some accidents occur while passengers sitting in speeding cars fear to tell the driver to control speed and some keep telling them they are getting late. At the end of the day, all perish in the accident,” he said.

Many Christians and non-Catholics contributed for the construction a new parish church building.

 
Archbishop Lwanga donated sh2m, former FUFA President, Lawrence Mulindwa who was chief guest contributed sh12m, Mulunda Nnume one of prominent businessmen donated 100 bags of cement worth sh3m.

The Chairman of MTK Uganda, Francis Xavier Kittaka contributed an undisclosed sum of money, Francis Kyazze also contributed sh1m, MP Makindye Ssabagabo, Emmanuel Ssempala Kigozi, contributed sh500,000 among others.

Bunnamwaya Parish was a sub-parish of Lubaga Cathedral.

 

PIC1: Archbishop of Kampala Archdiocese, Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga blesses congregation after the Holy Mass on Sunday. Photos by Juliet Lukwago

PIC2: Archbishop of Kampala, Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga helps Fr. Noah Sserunjongi to sit in chair after announcing him officially as new Parish Priest of Bunnamwaya.

PIC3: Director of St Mary's Kitende, Lawrence Mulindwa who was chief Guest, Makindye Ssabagambo MP, Emmanuel Ssempala Kigozi and others during the Holy Mass

Courtesy of New Vision, Added 9th August 2017 03:17 PM

By Juliet Lukwago

 

 

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