Archbishop Justin Welby said that the long-term political challenges in neighbouring South Sudan could be addressed through reconciliation.
President Museveni receives a gift from the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rev. Justin Welbey at State House Entebbe on August 2, 2017. Photo/PPU
President Yoweri Museveni has held a meeting with the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. Justin Welby, who paid a courtesy call on the President at State House, Entebbe on Thursday.
The Archbishop and his delegation were from South Sudan on a mission. He had also visited refugee camps that house South Sudanese refugees in Moyo and Adjumani districts in northern Uganda.
Museveni and his guest discussed humanitarian issues affecting neighbouring South Sudan. Museveni also briefed the Archbishop on the political history of Uganda, saying after independence, previous regimes in Uganda as well as religious groups became forerunners of sectarianism.
He added that when the students’ movement built followership mechanism, sectarianism was fought against.
Archbishop Justin Welby said the long-term political challenges in neighbouring South Sudan could be addressed through reconciliation. He said that he was happy to hear from South Sudanese living in Moyo and Adjumani camps that in Uganda the word ‘refugees’ is not used to refer to them.
He noted that Ugandans are extraordinary people and expressed optimism that sectarianism, as a socio-political problem in the world would diminish.
The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, the Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali, said the objective of the formation of the Inter-Religious Council (IRC) Forum in Uganda was to strengthen cooperation and peace among Ugandans with a view to discourage sectarian tendencies.