By Priscilla Atwine and Resty Nassazi
Wile commemorating 141years of religion in Uganda through a mass which was held at Mapera church, Kigungu landing site in Entebbe municipality, the retired Masaka diocese Bishop John Baptist Kaggwa decried gun violence in Uganda, saying, the weapon was purchased for self-defence and defending Ugandans. “But now, those in charge of the weapon have resorted to resolving every issue with a gun,” noted Bishop Kaggwa. During the same mass that was held on Monday, the cleric also criticised what he described as excessive use of teargas more especially against city dwellers. On the same note, Bishop Kaggwa condemned political intolerance in the country, saying the constitution provides for multi-party political dispensation “but the system does not provide for equal opportunities in the political arena.” The cleric stated further, “if Bobi Wine was attending this mass today, you’d all not be allowed here.”
He addressed believers about poverty, saying even the government is poor since it borrows. “Aside poverty, we suffer from different illnesses everyday that’s why i implore the youths to be cautious with avoidable diseases like HIV,” Bishop Kaggwa preached. Pointing out land-grabbing which he termed as a menace, the man of God warned all those involved, saying no one’s grave shall occupy more than six feet of land. Among other issues addressed by the cleric, was environmental degradation which he said, has disorganised God’s creation leading to calamities including the rising water levels.
The retired bishop who reminisced the history of religion and education in Uganda, explained that in Christ, Ugandans and the world at large found light. “We cannot imagine and comprehend what these missionaries had to go through while sailing to Uganda. With a defunct boat from Tanzania, they sailed towards Uganda before docking to Bugoma where they were first met with hostility,” narrated Bishop Kaggwa.
According to the retired bishop, the missionaries Fr. Simeon Lourdel Mapeera and Bro. Amans Delmas later docked at Kigungu on Feb 17, 1879 then got refugee at Bugonga in Entebbe before proceeding to Kisubi and later to Kitebi. The missionaries are said to have been welcomed to Kabaka’s palace on Feb, 23, 1879. The retired bishop for Masaka diocese encouraged Christians to rekindle themselves with Christ as a giver of absolute peace.
The celebrations that were held under a theme, “Blessed are the Peace-makers, for they will be called children of God” Mathew 5:9, were also attended by bishop Christopher Kakooza of Lugazi diocese. Several leaders including the Entebbe municipality mayor Vincent Kayanja, MP contestant Micheal Kakembo, Kyamuswa MP Carol Nanyondo and Entebbe Division B chairperson Stanley Namayirira among others.