Hundreds of Christians poured into Churches across the country to participate in prayers under strict observance of the socially-distance to avoid the spread of COVID-19. At different prayer places, clerics focused their sermons on the 2021 general election and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking to journalists after attending the Christmas service at St Paul Cathedral Namirembe, Katumba noted that the UJJC proposal wouldn’t be bad idea if the incumbent assures the country that he will not bounce back in the race after the three year extension.
Speaking at Lubaga Cathedral where he was the main celebrant of the Christmas service, Lwanga said many Ugandans are misusing social media by promoting conspiracies that have the potential of causing a war. He said a few days ago, he received a call from somebody from the United Kingdom alleging that they had uncovered a conspiracy by the church to kill National Unity Platform presidential flagbearer Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu.
Delivering his sermon, The Rt. Rev Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira, the Bishop of Namirembe Cathedral, said this Christmas is the first of its kind whereby people are commemorating the birth of Jesus with masks on, no hugs and enforcement of social distancing.
His position was first taken as a possible of Christian and
so Dr. Sserwadda first distanced himself from the statement. He added that it
is too late to postpone an election after people have invested time and money
with others already passed unopposed. He also wondered the basis of the three years. “Why three years, why no five, a difference of only two year?” wondered Dr. Sserwadda.
Fr. Ronnie Mubiru reminded the Christians that when Mary gave birth to Jesus Christ, she was in the process of complying with the government directive and was on the way to attend the census, so Ugandans should also obey the government guidelines on Civid-19 and also participate in the coming elections.
Saidi Zaibu, one of the butchers told URN that they had teamed up with police and health officials to ensure their customers comply with the SOPs. He says many of their customers have abandoned the practice of wearing of face masks and washing hands before accessing the abattoir.
“Peaceful campaigns and peaceful election should be promoted," said Kaziimba. "Let there be justice and fairness in the whole exercise. Let there be peace. Uganda is here to stay, Uganda will continue…let us learn to co-exist, support and love one another.”
Bishop Ssebaggala says he receives a number of telephone calls on a daily basis complaining about inhuman activities mounted against innocent people by security personnel in the district but nothing has been done by those in power despite of taking the initiative to report these concerns to them.
Venerable Peter Natseli the Archdeacon of Bulucheke archdeanary covering over 100 parishes in Bududa district, while giving his Christmas massage to the congregation of St Paul's Church Bulucheke this morning, said most Christian’s have dressed in new clothes and are ready to eat and drink but their hearts are still dirty.
“Let’s be messengers of good news amidst a situation full of bad news. The world needs to hear good news since we are shadowed with bad news of the diseases especially Covid-19 and also politics full of unfairness, undermining and hatred,” reads part of Luwalira’s Christmas message addressed to all religious leaders and Christians in Namirembe Diocese.