By Andrew Ssenyonga
As Uganda gears up for the 50th independence jubilee, Born-Again and Anglican leaders have urged spiritual leaders and politicians to advocate for unity and love to promote peaceful coexistence among Ugandans.
The prelates under their organization named Uganda Jubilee Network (UJN) observed that the country is highly polarized along religious, ethnic and political lines.
John Magara, the chair of UJN partly attributed the country's underdevelopment to disunity.
In his statement, Magara called on religious and political leaders to use the jubilee independence celebrations to evaluate the role they have played in the development of the country.
“We need to ask ourselves as religious leaders what kind of Uganda we want to see in the next 50 years and work towards achieving it,” Magara said.
He explained that despite worshiping one God, Christians are disunited; adding that there is needed to put their denominational differences behind them for the good of the country.
The prelates made the remarks during a press briefing at Piato Restaurant in Nakasero Kampala on Friday where they also announced 50 days of prayer and fasting for the next 50 years of Uganda.
The 50 days of prayer begin this Saturday and end next month on 29th, as confirmed by Apostle Joseph Serwadda .
Serwadda who is also the chairman of National Fellowship of Born-Again Pentecostal Churches (NFBAPC) noted that during this time, focused prayers will be held across the country for the future of our nation.
The prelates noted that though they have divisions among themselves, they promised to work on unity among themselves which could also foster that among Christians for the development of Uganda.
Laban Jjumba who represented the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda said many Christians have failed to demonstrate love among one another yet they claim to love God.
“It is so easy to love God but fail to love each other,” he noted.
He argued that putting unity and love of Uganda and the people in it should be enforced so that the nation can attain the millennium development goals.
He also noted that the church should not take sides on political matters that divide the people.