Finally, the D-day was here and the sixteen were ordained at a function held at St. John’s seminary kiburara, Kisinga Sub-county. It was led by Rt. Rev. Francis Aquirinus Kibira the Bishop of Kasese Catholic Diocese.
The priestly and diaconate ordination held at St. John’s seminary kiburara, Kisinga Sub-county also had 12 priests, among them Rev. Alfred Masereka, Rev. Anyasio Mbusa, Rev. Brian Masereka, Rev. Clement Masereka, Rev. Cosmas Asaba, Rev. Andrew Kato Katuramu and his twin brother Rev. Peter Isingoma Katuramu.
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.
Bishop Baluku replaced Bishop Jackson Nzerebende Thembo, who voluntarily retired last year, after serving for 17 years. Nzerebende had replaced the Bishop Emeritus Zebedee Kahangwa Masereka who led the diocese from inception on August 24, 1984.
In his first message, Bishop Baluku said his main focus will be on building an integrated ministry that shall address the spiritual, physical, emotional and social needs of the people with the expected results of transforming individuals, congregations and communities.
Rev. Alice Nabirye Mbusa the function’s publicity chairperson told URN reporter that a few people have been given invitations to witness the ceremony on behalf of the larger catholic community across the diocese.
Shania Kigozi, the One Ummah Uganda Country Director, says the relief is meant to support hundreds of people whose livelihoods were disrupted by the May floods, which caused a lot of destruction in Kasese District.
Residents from various places have increasingly been storming the offices of the Resident District Commissioner demanding for relief since the extension of the lockdown a week ago. The situation was worsened when rivers in Kasese and other parts of the Rwenzori region burst their banks throwing thousands of families into uncertainty.
Bishop Kibira said many religious leaders are seemingly paying more attention to their titles as fathers, nuns, brothers, pastors and end up paying little attention to their core duty of serving Christ.
According to 2019 estimates by the World Population Review, the population of Uganda is around 44.27 million people, up significantly from 2013’s estimate of 33,640,833. With the current rate of growth giving rise to an increase of nearly 1.5 million people a year, the population is forecast to be 47 million people in 2020 and 64 million people in 2030.