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Church wants to mediate in KCCA standoffPublish Date: Dec 25, 2013
Church wants to mediate in KCCA standoff
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Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga and his wife (C) talk to Archbishop Lwanga. PHOTO/Wilfred Sanya

By David Lumu, Mathias Mazinga, Cecilia Okoth & John Agaba

KAMPALA - The Archbishop of Kampala, Dr. Cyprian Lwanga has said that the problem of Kampala emanates from the various power centers and not the invisible wrangles between the former Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago and Jennifer Musisi, the Executive Director of Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA).

Presiding over the Christmas mass at Rubaga Cathedral, Lwanga proposed that to eliminate the power bases that have created the political impasse at City Hall, a consensus conference about the city must be called as a way of creating sane debate about the Kampala issues.

According to Lwanga, the meeting should include religious leaders, cultural leaders, civil society and government.

"You should consult the religious leaders about these Kampala issues. We are wise and experienced. The problem is not Musisi or Lukwago. It is about the various power centers involved in Kampala," he said.

Katikkiro Mayiga, Archibishop Lwanga, Vice President Edward Ssekandi and minister Maria Mutagmba. PHOTO/Wilfred Sanya

Lwanga also urged political leaders at the center of the Kampala question to critically look at Article 5 of the Constitution, which lays down how the city should be governed.

He said that it is these various powers, which are controlling Kampala, that have caused the malaise and the construed misunderstanding between Lukwago and Musisi.

The Christmas mass at Rubaga Cathedral was attended by hundreds of people--including the Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi and Katikkiro of Buganda, Charles Peter Mayiga.

He told the congregation that he was grateful with the agreement that Buganda and Central Government signed recently.

Emmanuel Cardinal Wamala after celebrating mass at St. Peters Church Nsambya. PHOTO/Mathias Mazinga

Mayiga also said that the Kabaka of Buganda, Ronald Mutebi, will officially travel to Bugerere in January next year.

In 2009, when the Kabaka showed interest to travel to Bugerere, Violence broke out throughout Buganda, after government asked him not to go--citing security reasons.

Presiding over mass at St. Peter Nsambya, Emmanuel Cardinal Wamala said Christmas restores the value of life and the dignity of human beings, which he said needed to be protected all the time.

The prelate further described Christmas as an event which symbolized victory over sin.

“Brethren we are living in difficult times, where we find it hard to make a distinction between right and wrong, or where we even regard wrong to be right.

"The light that Christmas has brought us, should enable us to over-come darkness, which is symbolic of sin.”

Christmas mass at Christ the King Church in Kampala. PHOTO/Tonny Rujuta

Wamala condemned practices like witchcraft, tribalism, corruption, prostitution, violence, rape, defilement, economic exploitation, child-sacrifice and modern slave trade, which he said had subjected Ugandans to unending misery.

He was concerned over conflict in South Sudan. He called upon regional leaders and the international community to make concerted efforts to end the humanitarian crisis.

“The whole world was happy when South Sudan became independent. What has now caused the country to slide into violence, just after a short time?! What crime have the Ugandans that have been killed in South Sudan committed?

“Let the birth of Christ help us to cultivate a renewed commitment to follow the commandments of God. Christ brought us sorrow, not sadness. Let us therefore be champions of truth, justice and reconciliation, to obtain true peace,” he said.

St. Cecilia Choir during mass at Rubaga. PHOTO/Wilfred Sanya

At the Christ the King Church in Kampala, Msgr. Kalumba asked leaders to leaders to allow Ugandan express enjoy rights and freedom enshrined in the constitution.

“We do not want what is happening in South Sudan to happen in our country,” Kalumba said, adding that the political wrangles in South Sudan are as a result of leaders fighting for power.

“People should not die at the mercy of selfish leaders who have failed to agree on terms of leadership,” he added.

Kalumba, also the Church’s Parish Priest, said 2013 witnessed a few hiccups especially in the country’s capital Kampala, where the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) leaders publically showed that they were not at peace.

“When we are not at peace, we cause the communities to be shaky which does not depict a good image for the country,” he said.  

“Let us remain focused in the New Year. Let us be responsible and accountable and do not fear, take Jesus back to your life,” Kalumba told the Christians.

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