BY UGANDA VANGUARD
NAMUGONGO – Uganda Joint Christian Council (UJCC) has organized prayers for a peaceful 2021 general elections. According to the Most Rev. Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, the chairperson, UJCC and Archbishop of Kampala, the prayers are for peace, justice and reconciliation which is very vital for the 2021 general elections in the country.
“Christians, dear brothers and sisters in Christ, greetings from UJCC. We thank God for his protection and we congratulate you for having successfully completed the year 2019 and entered this new-year 2020. As we approach the 2021 general elections, the UJCC has organized a National Day of Prayer for peace for Uganda on the 23rd February 2020 at Namugongo Catholic Shrine, beginning at 9:00 a.m.,” Lwanga said.
This will be an annual event, said Lwanga in a press statement issued Sunday, February 16, 2020.
He further explained, “UJCC with each member Church are organizing the said event as follows; 2020 the Roman Catholic Church, 2021 the Church of Uganda and 2022 the Uganda Orthodox Church.” Adding, “On behalf of the Board of Trustees of UJCC and on my own behalf as the chairperson of the same, I write to invite you as a member of UJCC, partner, friend and all people of God to come and join us.”
Lwanga is the main celebrant while the main speakers are the Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali, the outgoing Archbishop of Church of Uganda, the Chief Justice of Uganda and His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the President of the Republic of Uganda.
UJCC, a faith based eecumenical oorganization established in 1963 and registered as a trustee under the Trustees Incorporation Act (Cap. 165). Its membership comprises the three mainstream Christian Churches in Uganda (the Roman Catholics, the Anglicans and the Orthodox). Since its founding in 1963, the Council has championed the cause of ecumenism alongside other programs aimed at promoting social justice and improved service delivery with the assistance of various development partners.
President Yoweri 75 years, who has been in power for over thirty years is expected bid for another term with stiff challenge from the youth Robert Kyagulanyi 38 years old who has a backing of young people the biggest portion of the population.
The previous elections, the opposition has accused President Yoweri and the National Resistance Movement (NRM) for rigging the elections. NRM has however described the opposition as bad losers for having few supporters and not accepting defeat.
UGANDA JOINT CHRISTIAN COUNCIL
PEACE DAY PROGRAMME AT UGANDA MARTYRS
CATHOLIC SHRINE, NAMUGONGO
8:30.am – Arrival of invited Guests at Namugongo
9:00.a.m – Arrival of the Clergy and Other VIPs
9:30.a.m. – Liturgical Procession starts
10:00.a.m. – Eucharistic Celebration starts
12:00.a.m – End of Holy Mass
12:15.p.m – Speeches
2:00 p.m – Lunch
3:00.p.m – Peace Concert
Departure at Leisure
|Rt. Rev. Arch. Constantine Mbonabingi
Executive Secretary, UJCC
Tel: Tel: 0772629020
|Rev. Fr. Dr. Pius Male Ssentumbwe,
Chancellor of Kampala Archdiocese
|Rev. Fr. Joseph Kizito Ssebunnya
Chairman Organizing Committee