The prayers were held under a theme derived from 2 Corinthians 12:1, highlighting the strength of taking pleasure in infirmities, reproaches, necessities, persecutions and distresses for Christ's sake.
Members of Parliament on Thursday gathered for an
inter-denominational prayer in which they prayed for a peaceful 2021 general
election and protection against the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic. The prayers that attracted 80 people
in a socially distanced setting took place at the Parliament Parking lot.
Convened by the
Anglican Chaplain for Parliament, Rev. Canon Christine Shimanya, the Catholic
Chaplain Rev. Fr. Ponsiano Kawesa and the Imam of Parliament Al-hajj Abdulatif
Ssebagala, the prayers were held under a theme derived from 2 Corinthians 12:1, highlighting the strength of taking pleasure in infirmities, reproaches, necessities, persecutions and distresses for Christ's sake.
During the prayers, the
legislators led by Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga and Deputy Speaker Jacob
Oulanyah noted that whereas other countries in Africa are registering huge
numbers of COVID-19 positive cases, Uganda has not registered
any death hence a need to appreciate God and seek
more of his protection.
Coronavirus cases have hit the 1,000-mark today, and according to data from
the Health Ministry, the country has successfully treated 904 of the patients who
tested positive for COVID-19. Globally, there are 11.9 million confirmed cases and 547,931
Kadaga emphasized the need for the government to re-open places of worship while
observing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). This was her second call to
government in a space of one day.
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The Imam of Parliament Al-hajj Abdullatif Ssebagala emphasized the need for prayer and noted that the theme
for the day depicted how Uganda has emerged through the COVID-19 pandemic despite its
weakness compared to other countries across the world.
“The main reason God
created us is to worship Him, the places of worship can operate safely when
given the standard operating procedures. There is a need to open them,” Ssebagala said. He also called for God’s intervention as the country prepares for the 2021
general election saying that there is a need for peace and fairness in the process.
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of General Duties Mary Karoro Okurut also prayed for unity between the legislature, Judiciary and the Executive as well as the peaceful 2021 general
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However, Dokolo Woman MP Cecilia Ogwal challenged
the government to deal with other non-COVID-19 related deaths like maternal
deaths which she said have claimed many lives of Ugandans during the lockdown. She also appealed for
reconciliation among the three arms of government including the Judiciary,
Executive and Legislature.