By Charles Churchill Awici, Programme Manager-Justice and Governance
Religious leaders affiliated to the Inter-Religious Council of Uganda (IRCU) kicked off a series of launches of the renewal of IRCU’s commitment to nation-building in Uganda in 17 regions of the country. The launches are being officiated by the Council of Presidents of IRCU. So far, the renewal of commitment has been launched in three regions: Rwenzori, Bunyoro and Elgon. Other launches scheduled for November 2013 include the one in West Nile, Acholi and Lango Regions.
In his opening remarks the Secretary General of IRCU, Mr. Joshua Kitakule, highlighted the role of religious leaders in Uganda’s nation-building process since the nineteenth century, and he stressed the need for them to redouble
The King of Bunyoro Solomon Gafabusa (center), The Mufti of Uganda Sheikh Shaban Mubaje (Right), and the Rt. Rev. Kyamanywa Nathan (2nd left) and the Resident District Commissioner Hoima (left) during the launch of the religious leaders’ commitments to Nation Building for Bunyoro region.
and refine their efforts in the face of current challenges.
Dear Country Men and Women,
We greet you in the name of the Almighty God!
We would like to invite you to join us in thanking God for allowing us to celebrate the 51st Anniversary of our independence from colonial rule. You will recall that, last year, the country marked its Golden Jubilee amidst great euphoria. Many Ugandans saw this moment as an opportunity for rebirth of a country that has for five decades been under the yoke of armed conflict, underdevelopment and disunity. Indeed, our achievements, as highlighted by government, offered hope for a bright future.
We at Inter-Religious Council Uganda added our voices and spanner into the momentum of change. We launched a set of commitments to guide us in the pursuit of our vision for this country, namely, a god-fearing nation, a healthy nation, a harmonious nation, a secure and stable nation, a caring nation, and a prosperous nation. These commitments and vision statements were arrived at through a nation-wide consultation of religious leaders. Besides, we also came up with values which we think should govern our country if we are to realize fully our aspirations and potential. These values include dialogue; honesty and stewardship; sharing, caring and equity; and unity and peaceful co-existence.
Starting this month, we will launch these commitments in all our 13 regions throughout the country. After the launch, religious leaders will read the values and vision at every prayer session for months until citizens internalize and begin to apply them in their own lives and in appraising the conduct of their leaders at all levels.