“People should desist from the evil acts of corruption, murders and kidnappings so that our country can be safe."
(Photo credit: Wilson Asiimwe)
FORT PORTAL - The Bishop of Rwenzori diocese, Reuben Kisembo, has condemned the rising cases of corruption in the country, which he says hinders the delivery of services to the people.
While preaching during the Christmas Day service at St. John’s Cathedral in Fort Portal on Tuesday, the bishop took a swipe at the prevalance of the vice.
“As the Church, we are concerned about the increasing cases of corruption and many of the corrupt people are our Christians who are always in churches, but when they get out of churches they start engaging in all sorts of evil,” he said.
Kisembo said that many people are suffering in health facilities with no medicine because the money has either been swindled or the medicines stolen.
"There are many evils like corruption, domestic violence, murder, discrimination, fraud, character assassination and we can’t be witnesses of Christ in the world when we don’t preach against such evils which are eating up our country."
Tuesday's service at St. John's was one of many prayer sessions held across the country to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.
Toro's King Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru and his mother Best Kemigisa attended the service, as did several other kingdom officials.
Christmas Day is one of the most celebrated dates on the Christian calender.
Meanwhile, in his delivery, Bishop Kisembo also condemned the murders and kidnappings in the country and urged security agencies to investigate and arrest all the perpetrators.
“People should desist from the evil acts of corruption, murders and kidnappings so that our country can be safe,” he said.
Many homes are breaking because of domestic violence while land issues are dividing families and neighbours, Kisembo intoned, adding that jealousy and hatred are causing conflicts in many areas.
Indeed, cases of corruption, child sacrifice and defilement are common in local news.
Kisembo compared the current situation of Uganda to the time Jesus Christ was born, saying the prophecy of Jeremiah gives a detailed account of the situation then.
He explained that Jesus Christ was born in a fallen world, full of hatred, injustice and corruption, but Jesus brought peace, joy and true light from darkness.
In the same tone, the bishop hailed President Yoweri Museveni for attending the recent Interparty Organization for Dialogue (IPOD) summit. Opposition party FDC boycotted the meeting, a move Kisembo said was not right.
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