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Kayanja in campaign for Uganda to open embassy in Jerusalem

By Taddeo Bwambale

Added 29th October 2020 06:28 PM

Israel has been encouraging countries to recognize the whole of Jerusalem as its territory, and courting countries to consider moving their embassies there.

Kayanja in campaign for Uganda to open embassy in Jerusalem

Pastor Robert Kayanja chating with Joseph Oded, Israel’s Ambassador to Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi and Seychelles. (Photo by Nicholas Oneal)

Israel has been encouraging countries to recognize the whole of Jerusalem as its territory, and courting countries to consider moving their embassies there.

KAMPALA - Pastor Robert Kayanja, the founder and leader of Miracle Centre Cathedral has vowed to lead a campaign entreating government to open an embassy in Jerusalem.

The United States was the first country to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and moved the American embassy there from Tel Aviv in 2018. Guatemala followed suit. 

Israel has been encouraging countries to recognize the whole of Jerusalem as its territory, and courting countries to consider moving their embassies there.

Pastor Robert Kayanja welcomes the Israel Ambassador to Uganda Joseph Oded with Honorary consul of Israel to Uganda Ishta Asiimwe Muganga. (Photo by Nicholas Oneal)


During his visit to Uganda in February, Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu told his host, President Yoweri Museveni, to open an embassy in Jerusalem.

Museveni said Uganda would study the idea, saying it was possible to set up an embassy in a part of Jerusalem that is not under contention by Israel and Palestine.

Joseph Oded, Israel's Ambassador to Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi and Seychelles, said his country was eager to have more countries including Uganda opening embassies in Israel.

He noted that the Arab world was increasingly being led by moderates rather than extremist leaders who are keen to foster peace rather than confrontation with Israel.

Kayanja said Christians in Uganda would push government in Uganda to establish an embassy in Jerusalem. (Photo by Nicholas Oneal)


"With more countries normalizing relations with Israel, there is no better time than now to see a Ugandan embassy in Jerusalem. I pray for that and hope that it will materialize very soon," the envoy stated during a live TV talk show hosted by Pastor Kayanja and dubbed Israel Today.

Kayanja said Christians in Uganda would push government in Uganda to establish an embassy in Jerusalem. Christians have a strong spiritual connection with Jerusalem, owing to Biblical teachings that trace the birth, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ to the city.

Kayanja said Christians in Uganda were eager to have Jerusalem recognised by government as the capital of Israel, and a diplomatic mission established there.

Pastor Robert Kayanja standing alongside Joseph Oded, Israel's Ambassador. (Photo by Nicholas Oneal)


"Very soon we are going to have a peaceful campaign, requesting our government to open an embassy in Jerusalem," Kayanja disclosed.

Uganda does not currently have an embassy in Israel, which has indicated that establishing a mission in Jerusalem would entice the powerful country to set up an embassy in Uganda. 

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