KAMPALA- President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has commended Archbishop John Baptist Odama for being steadfast in working on projects that are aimed at uplifting the welfare of the people in Northern Uganda.
President Museveni made the remarks yesterday in Lira District while commissioning the refurbished Uganda Martyrs Cathedral of Lira Diocese.
The President congratulated the Christians of the Diocese on the milestone of having a refurbished church building which he said was an achievement as they mark their Golden Jubilee.
“We must thank God that 50 years later, Uganda is now peaceful with freedom of worship as one of the liberties enjoyed minus restriction” President Museveni said.
The President also applauded the Christians for leading the push to renovate the church without waiting for outsiders although they can render support to such initiatives.
He thanked Archbishop John Baptist Odama for leading a critical push among the people to create wealth through cassava growing for commercial purposes.
“I want to thank the Archbishop and all the other clergy involved in these wealth creation drives which is a true reflection of walking in Jesus footsteps” The President said.
He announced that in order to support these wealth Creation efforts, he will give Lira Catholic Diocese six tractors and the Diocese can rent them out, plus other farming machinery, at an affordable cost to farmers in order for them to increase farm production.
The President also announced that they will also contribute Ugx 300 million towards construction of the Bishop’s house and also donate 5,600 iron sheets to the Priests, and also give the Women’s guild a vehicle.
President Museveni also said that on the bus promise, he will engage the Attorney General and also make a follow up with his office on the question of compensation for Barlonyo victims.
The President thanked the organisers of the function for observing COVID SOPs that ensured social distancing saying that Ugandans must continue with this discipline if the country is to defeat the Coronavirus pandemic.
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