President celebrates his 70th Baptism anniversary

Sunday 6th August 2017

President Yoweri Museveni has called upon the youth in the country to rekindle and boost the mission of religion in society.Mr. Museveni was  addressing a congregation that gathered St. Luke Kikoni Archdeaconry in Ankole Diocese, Rwampara County in Mbarara district to celebrate with him his 70th Baptism Day Anniversary. 1st Lady and Minister of Education and Sports, Hon. Janet Museveni and family members accompanied the President to the celebrations. The late Archbishop of Uganda Rt. Erica Sabiiti baptized the President on 3rd August 1947 when the late Prelate was bishop in western Uganda. “My purpose of coming here is to excite the youthful people to be active in affairs of religion. People need to know that to promote God’s houses in communities is part human life development that works like a compass. If I had not joined the church and be baptized, may be I wouldn’t have been President of Uganda. I thank God for the 70 years, which is a long journey. I am still energetic at this age,” he said.

Mr. Museveni said that religious life instruction helps people navigate through life, know what is evil, what is wrong and what is useful or useless. He told the congregation that he managed to trace his baptism records that were, as a requirement at the stage of receiving the rite of confirmation into Christianity when he was 12 years old because family members in the community took it a serious matter for one to be initiated in the Christian faith,

During the celebrations, honoured his pledge to the Mothers’ Union in Ankole Diocese with a dummy Cheque of Shs.200 million shillings. He also gave a dummy Cheque worth Shs.100 million to Ankole Diocese Millennium SACCO and while Shs.50 million was extended to St. Luke Kikoni Church of Uganda for renovation of the church. The renovation project is slated to amount to Shs. 245million.

The 1st Lady, Hon. Janet Museveni thanked God for the gift of life, peace and tranquility in Uganda and to the Kinoni community for joining the President to celebrate the occasion.  She urged Ugandans to nurture a culture of recording historical events, tracing important events such as education system and religion, among others.

The Bishop of Ankole Diocese, Rt. Rev. Dr. Sheldon Frederick Mwesigwa, noted that President Museveni is on record for having kept many Christian values as regards the East African Revival Movement.

“President Museveni has changed the mindset of many into Christian life values such sobriety, keeping family life values, morality, personal life and attitude,” the bishop said.

As part of the celebrations, President Museveni also laid a foundation stone at Kinoni in commemoration of the late Archbishop Erica Sabiiti Health Centre. He again laid a foundation for the construction of a residential house at the home of late Archbishop Sabiiti.

Later, Mr. Museveni handed over a residential house to Mr. Denis Tumusiime of Kinoni. The Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) constructed by the unit under the Presidential arrangement for the benefit of persons with disabilities. Mr. Museveni and the 1st Lady also laid wreaths on the graves of the late Archbishop Erica Sabiiti who passed on in 1988 and his wife the late Geraldine Sabiiti

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