By UG Reports

KAMPALA: Milly Babirye Babalanda the minister for presidency says that the National Resistance Movement {NRM} government took steps to freedom to rescue Ugandans from the times when there was no freedom of worship.

The minister said this on Wednesday on the Janani Luwum memorial day at Kololo Independence grounds.

”As we remember Archbishop Luwum, we are also reminded of the steps to freedom that the NRM government took to rescue Ugandans from the times when there was no freedom of worship to a point now when believers have dignity and a voice,” she noted.

Babalanda said that this new chapter of religious freedom and tolerance was ushered in when HE Yoweri Kaguta Museveni took office in 1986 adding since then, he has led Uganda well with the guidance of the Almighty God whom he believes in deeply.


”The NRM Government has facilitated a healthy co-existence between Church and State, bringing them together to serve the interests of the ordinary Ugandans. Everyone can witness and feel the transformation this has brought to Uganda,” she asserted.


The minister however said there is a few challenges that the government must all deal with, namely the people who use their platforms to sow seeds of divisionism and hatred and the others who use religion to defraud the public.

”These kinds of religious leaders have no place whatsoever in the Uganda that is forward looking and that is emulating the President’s example of a humble, tolerant and all-embracing leader,” Babalanda noted.

She further noted that Archbishop Luwum preached, truth, unity and a non-manipulative doctrine. Babalanda added that they cannot have this divisionism and manipulation any longer under their watch today.


”Let’s all share in the lessons of the President who has embraced God’s guidance even in his own household where there are family members that keep feeding him with spiritual guidance,” she said.

Babalanda also noted that leaders who are struggling to gain power should look at President Museveni and learn from his humbleness, love and unique character. ”This is exactly the opposite of the past times where such leaders would have faced difficulties upon uttering any insensitive comments to the President,” she asserted.

The minister for presidency also hailed President Museveni for showing respect and due regard to the faith movements and supporting their development projects.

The theme for this year is: “Hope Beyond Affliction” taken from the book of Lamentations 3:21-25.

Who is Janani Luwum?

Janani Jakaliya Luwum was the archbishop of the Church of Uganda from 1974 to 1977 and one of the most influential leaders of the modern church in Africa.

Who killed Archbishop Janani Luwum?

Archbishop Luwum was the head of the Anglican ecclesiastical province that composed of four countries (Burundi, Eastern Congo, Rwanda and Uganda) at the time. On the night of February 16th, 1977, Archbishop Janani Luwum was murdered at Nakasero by Ugandan president Idi Amin Dada.

Why is Janan Luwum remembered?
Janani Luwum as a political icon whose martyrdom galvanized efforts to oust the dictatorial regime of former President Idi Amin which set the stage for the liberation of Uganda.


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