President Yoweri Museveni has strongly appealed to religious leaders in Uganda to continue preaching the gospel of the danger engendered in the HIV/AIDS pandemic, especially to the vibrant young generation saying the disease is now on the increase among the youths.
He said Uganda, which is 85% Christian, must see all religious leaders take a concerted effort to entrench the awareness among the people in order to ensure that the prevalence rate of the HIV/AIDS pandemic takes a declining trend. The President was this morning speaking at the installation and enthronement of the new Archbishop of the Church of the Province of the Church of Uganda. The Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali became the 8th Prelate of the Church of Uganda at a colourful ceremony held at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Namirembe.
The ceremony rites were led and conducted by Dean of the Province of the Church of Uganda and Luweero Diocesan Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Evans Mukasa Kisekka. Archbishop Ntagali replaces Archbishop Henry Luke Orombi who has shepherded the Church of Uganda for the last 9 years. Archbishop Ntagali, hitherto diocesan bishop of Bunyoro-Kitara, was elected Archbishop by the House of Bishops on 22nd June this year. “You should continue to guide the young people and teach them about the danger of the disease.
The pandemic had reduced after the intervention of the government way back 1990s and Uganda became a model country in the whole world in fighting the HIV/AIDS disease”, the President said. Mr. Museveni rubbished the confusion among some Ugandans who seem to advocate the notion that men who are circumcised cannot contract the HIV/AIDS. He noted that this confusion is one of the ways that led to sharp increase in the prevalence of the pandemic in the Ugandan society. The President thanked the Anglican Church for rejecting homosexuality in Uganda and said the practice cannot be accepted in the cultural settings in the country.
He said that issues concerning sex are private and confidential affairs. He made it clear that if there are some people practicing homosexuality, government is not going to kill or persecute them but added that they should keep to themselves as a private affair and not promote it as sex orientation in the country. In his charge, the new Archbishop, the Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali, pledged to join hands together with the government of Uganda to serve the people of this country.
He stressed that Christians needed to be guided against evils like corruption, defilement, rape and homosexuality. The Archbishop Emeritus, Henry Luke Orombi commended President Museveni for his support the development programmes of the Church and said this had enabled Church leaders to serve and minister to their priestly duties much more efficiently for the benefit of the people of Uganda. Visiting Bishop Bob Duncan, who represented North America Anglican Church prelates, said in a sermon that installation of Archbishop Ntagali should be a moment of the re-energizing the Anglican faith in Uganda.
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