“I have a conviction that if everybody is patient with one another, we shall go through the general election peacefully.”
Senior pastor of the Miracle Centre Cathedral Robert Kayanja has appealed to authorities in security, especially the Police, to treat Ugandans with dignity during the ongoing presidential campaigns.
"Please, do not create situations that are likely to cause unnecessary tension and anxiety in the country. There are many ways through which authorities can arrest and prosecute someone with dignity. Situations, such as indiscriminate tear-gasing of people, can be avoided," Kayanja said.
Without citing any incident, he said there is some unfair treatment of opposition politicians by the forces, something he said does not promote unity among Ugandans during these presidential campaigns.
"I pray that everybody, not only the Police, is extra careful about how they are handling the current political season as we count down to the presidential elections," he said.
Kayanja made the remarks on the sidelines of a graduation ceremony at Rubaga Miracle Centre Cathedral.
Over 700 students attained certificates, diplomas, degrees and masters degrees from the Miracle Bible College and Life Christian University.
They graduated with various disciplines, including theology, healing, legal and health matters, entrepreneurship, the doctrine of Christ, as well as the old and new testament, among others.
Kayanja said: "I have a conviction that if everybody is patient with one another, we shall go through the general election peacefully."
He cautioned Ugandans on the COVID-19 pandemic. "We are living in unprecedented times. The world over, people are battling with the pandemic. We have started to see nations going back to lock-downs, with their mortuaries full of bodies," Kayanja warned.
He advised Ugandans, including presidential candidates, to adhere to the health ministry and Electoral Commission COVID-19 guidelines and the standard operating procedures, to safeguard their lives.
The pastor described the graduation as an important achievement, especially to the kingdom of God. He said looking back from where churches began, for example under mango trees and in makeshift structures, no one ever thought we would have graduates of theology.
"No one ever thought that we would have justices of courts of law studying theology. We have opened a new chapter and I know more professionals are going to come for these degrees," Kayanja said.
He said the 66 books of the Bible is a library about life, history, military science, wisdom, philosophy, business, family and biology.
Among the graduands was Justice Henry Kaweesa, from the land division of the High Court. He graduated with a masters degree in theology.
Kaweesa lauded the Kayanjas for giving him a chance to study at Life Christian University, adding that the journey has been worthwhile.
"The syllabus combs through both theory and practicals. This course gives you the opportunity to learn, apply and evaluate your progress. I am leaving a changed Christian who has mastered how to live life as a servant of Christ, guided by principles I have been taught," he said.
The principal of Miracle Bible College, Pr Edward Lubwama, said their vision is to have people taking the gospel to the world through ministry.
"Our mission is to prepare people for a successful God-given purpose and assignment. It is, therefore, important for us to understand and follow the ministry vision, which is the vision of Jesus Christ," Lubwama said.