THE Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, Luke Orombi, has urged the Karimojong to unite and develop their sub-region. â€œThe Karimojong have separated from each other because of sin.â€
Orombi said everlasting peace will only be enjoyed in Karamoja if the natives embrace God. He noted that the gospel would help the Karimojong deal with cattle rustling, polygamous marriages, drinking and revenge.
The archbishop made the remarks on Sunday while officiating at a function to mark 80 years since Christianity was introduced in Karamoja.
The event was held at St. Phillips Church in Moroto municipality. A fundraising was also held during which sh7.4m in cash and pledges was raised for the construction of the cathedral.
The State Minister for Karamoja Affairs, Mrs. Janet Museveni, contributed sh5m. Orombi said Janetâ€™s appointment as minister was a window of opportunity to the sub-region.
He urged the local leaders to encourage the residents to take charge of their land. Orombi also advised the clergy to teach the communities to desist from witchcraft and drinking.
Mrs. Museveni said it was time to celebrate because it had been a struggle to introduce Christianity to Karamoja. â€œTherefore, it is we Christians to give hope to these people in need,â€ she said.
â€œThe message in Isaiah chapter 61: 1-7 motivates the people of Karamoja,â€ she said.
Archbishop Orombi calls for unity in Karamoja