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Museveni Asks Church to Preach Against Civil Disobedience

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The President says religious leaders are duty bound to guide the masses especially the youths, against any form of imported social, cultural deviation which makes them easy targets for opportunists who may use them for selfish gain.
President Museveni has asked Church leaders to encourage their followers to eschew civil disobedience.

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President Yoweri Museveni has asked religious leaders to actively campaign against civil disobedience, which he says seems to be taking root in a number of African countries.

The President says religious leaders are duty bound to guide the masses especially the youths, against any form of imported social, cultural deviation which makes them easy targets for opportunists who may use them for selfish gain.

His comments were made in reference to a wave of popular protests that have swept through several African countries in the recent past. It involved mass demonstrations in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya among other countries.

Museveni condemns the aggressiveness exhibited in the countries in the name of change, and adds that a productive and morally upright community is the major factor in the stability of any society.

The remarks were contained in a speech read for him by Muruli Mukasa, the Minister for Security at the consecration and enthronement of Rev. Canon Samuel Gidudu as the 4th Bishop of North Mbale Diocese at St. Mathew's Cathedral in Buhugu in Sironko on Sunday.

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President Museveni also asked the church to mobilize the masses to embrace government initiated development programs saying this is a collective responsibility which must be taken up by civil, political, social and religious leaders.

He is optimistic that Ugandans will be liberated from poverty, illiteracy and disease if they embrace NAADS, prosperity for all and other health programmes introduced by the NRM government.

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The new Bishop, Samuel Gidudu promised to spearhead socio-economic development through church community mobilization and capacity building for empowerment.

He says as a church, they will continue to support both government and development programs by development partners to uplift the welfare of the people with the view of building a morally upright society.

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Rev. Stanley Ntagali, the Archbishop of the Province of Church of Uganda who consecrated the Bishop asked him to be part of the community to spearhead the building of their spiritual faiths.

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Bishop Samuel Gidudu was born on June 6th, 1968 in Bunamakongo village, Buyobo Sub County in Sironko district. He holds a Master of Arts in Theology and Development from Uganda Christian University-Mukono which he attained in 2009 after obtaining a Bachelor of Divinity Degree from the same University in 2007.

He attended Bulambuli Primary school and Bukonde Secondary school. He was ordained a deacon on 24th March 2002 and Priested on 9th February 2003 at St. Mathew's Cathedral Buhugu following his ordination in 2003.

He served as curate, St. Mathew's cathedral –Buhugu, Vicar at St. John's Church Bumudu parish and since November 2004 to date he was appointed as Diocesan Secretary of North Mbale Diocese. Bishop Gidudu replaces Rt. Rev Daniel Gimadu who has retired.