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Katikkiro calls for Muslim-Christian solidarity

By Mathias Mazinga

Added 23rd February 2019 07:33 PM

The Katikkiro’s message was delivered for him by the Buganda state minister for education, the Hon Dr Prosperous Nankindu Kavuma, who represented him during the pilgrimage for the 140th anniversary of the encounter between Amir Ssekikubo and the Catholic missionaries.

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Buganda's education deputy minister, Dr Prosperous Nankindu delivers her remarks during the function on Thursday, February 21, 2019. Photos by Mathias Mazinga

The Katikkiro’s message was delivered for him by the Buganda state minister for education, the Hon Dr Prosperous Nankindu Kavuma, who represented him during the pilgrimage for the 140th anniversary of the encounter between Amir Ssekikubo and the Catholic missionaries.

RELIGION 

KAMPALA - The Katikkiro of Buganda, Charles Peter Mayiga has called for a harmonious working relationship between Christians and Muslims. He argued that believers of the two faiths have a common ancestry in God, which was why it made no sense for them to hate and sometimes even harm each other.

Mayiga gave the example of the late Amir Ssekikubo, a prominent Muslim chief, who he said,  welcomed the pioneer Catholic missionaries, accommodated them and even helped them to meet the Kabaka, when they came here in 1879.

 uslims reciting ua prayers for the late mir sekikubo at itebi atholc hurch after the pilgrimage mass Muslims reciting Dua prayers for the late Amir Ssekikubo at Kitebi Catholc Church after the pilgrimage mass.

 
Records from the archives of the White Fathers indicate that the pioneer Catholic missionaries, Fr Simeon Lourdel Mapeera and Bro Delmas Amans (of the missionary society of White Fathers, also called Missionaries of Africa) arrived at Kigungu Landing Site, in Entebbe on February 17, 1879.

They then made a foot-journey to the palace of King Muteesa I of Buganda at Rubaga, to ask the king to allow them preach the Catholic faith. When they reached at Kitebi (in Rubaga Division), Amir Ssekikubo accommodated them at his home as he made formal arrangements for them to have audience with the king.

 r ndrew ziwa r nthony usaala and r ichard nyombi during mass Fr Andrew Zziwa, Fr Anthony Musaala and Fr Richard Nnyombi during mass

 
The Katikkiro asked the Catholics to emulate the good example of Ssekikubo, who he said exhibited amazing humanity and civilization when he disregarded his religious affiliation and treated the Catholic missionaries as brothers in humanity.

The Katikkiro’s message was delivered for him by the Buganda state minister for education, the Hon Dr Prosperous Nankindu Kavuma, who represented him during the pilgrimage for the 140th anniversary of the encounter between Amir Ssekikubo and the Catholic missionaries. The celebrations took place at Mapeera Memorial Church at Kitebi, in Rubaga Division on Thursday, April 21.

 heik irrisa sewannyana who led the ua prayers delivers his speech Sheik Dirrisa Ssewannyana, who led the Dua prayers, delivers his speech

 
Delivering his homily during mass, the presiding minister, Fr Anthony Musaala asked Catholics to be more committed to the service of the Church. He asked them to emulate the pioneer missionaries, who he said had amazing commitment to their ministry.

“The sacrifice that Fr Mapeera, Brother Amans and their confreres made when they opted to come here cannot be understood in human terms. They left their posh country, France and came to a place they did not know. They were also men of great determination, who also had enormous faith in God. We have to emulate their sacrificial service to the Church and the country,” Musaala said.

The celebrations were also attended by members of Amir Ssekikubo’s family, who put the ideal of Christian-Moslem dialogue to reality when they conducted prayers for the late Ssekikubo at the Church. The prayers were led by Sheikh Diriisa Ssewannyana.

 r usaala entertains hristians during the pilgrimage mass at itebi atholic hurch on hursday ebruary 21hotos by athias azinga Fr Musaala entertains Christians during the pilgrimage mass at Kitebi Catholic Church

Nusura Namutebi, a grand-daughter of Ssekikubo, showed the congregation the wooden chair, walking stick and flute that King Suuna of Buganda gave to his grandfather. She said that when Fr Mapeera was staying at Kitebi, he sat on that chair. “My grandfather Ssekikubo loved Fr Mapeera so much that he always reserved this chair for him. He would also try out traditional music with this flute.”

The function was also graced by Fr Richard Nnyombi, a senior member of the missionary society of White Fathers. 

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