Fort Portal, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | President Yoweri Museveni has urged Ugandan religious leaders to seek a “disciplined way of interacting” with him and stop provoking him.
“I am somebody who knows what I am doing. I do not think there are many people who can lecture me about what to do for Uganda. Because to lecture you must have the qualifications to lecture,” Museveni said on Saturday, before adding that “we should have a disciplined way of interacting. I have invited the religious people to come so that we talk thoroughly.”
President Museveni was speaking at the the opening and commissioning of St. Elizabeth Chapel at Kyebambe Girls School in FortPortal on Saturday where he responded to comments by Bishop of Rwenzori Diocese Rt. Rev. Reuben Kisembo Amooti who has urged him to reconsider his stand on the recent Constitutional Amendment bill that lifted the age limit for the presidency. The Bishop had said the President should focus on a transition as soon as possible from him to the next president.
“To the bishop, I say read Ecclesiastes 3:1-3. It says there is time for everything,” Museveni remarked. (see full verse page2 )
“The country must be guided as we have invested so much. We cannot afford to make mistakes by anybody,” Museveni said as Kyebambe girls cheered.
Museveni concluded his remarks by stating that it is fundraising that was the issue for the day, and revealed that government will contribute Shs300 million towards the chapel’s completion.
The fundraising was one of three functions the President presided over in Kabarole district on Saturday.
Earlier, he had congratulated the Kyebambe community on building the chapel because spirituality is the foundation of a decent life. He said the Bible says “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and the rest will be added unto you.”
“Use the chapel to pass the message of God to these children. It will help them. I can tell you, from personal testimony, that it will help them. To the students, develop positive attitudes and fear God. In all you do, remember God is seeing you.”
The NRM introduced universal education. As a result, there is a significant number of educated but unemployed youths. I have been advising parents and other leaders to help us in the mission of re-skilling these young people and organizing them into groups.
Once in groups, we can support them to start income-generating activities, say acquiring a maize mill. We can give this to a group of ten in form of a soft loan or grant, which they can run and make money.