By Ronaldo Nahabwe Kalangi
Kampala: The Deputy Speaker of Parliament Right Honourable Jacob Oulanyah has urged all Ugandans to put political parties, languages and tribal sentiments aside, and work together, because it’s the blood of Christ that unites all people who were created in the image of God.
Speaking to the congregation at a joint Easter Carol Service organized by the Anglicans and Catholics, Hon. Oulanyah reminded people that this the right time for Ugandans to turn to God for guidance and forgiveness . He said that “Parliament is an arm of Government that makes laws for the country and approves appointments for key leaders like judges, ministers, hosts Members of Parliament and also brings together the three key arms of Government.” He added that “God will save the country through Parliament. If we get it right from this institution, we have gotten it right countrywide. If we have the right emotions and positivity coming in this place through Christ our Lord, this reverberates throughout the country.”
The deputy speaker noted that “Isaiah 33:22 says that, ‘For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; it is He who will save us”. Oulanyah also said that the celebration of Easter at Parliament had been done in the right format, given that the institution was a unique place that united all Ugandans. “The parties, languages or tribes that divide us are not deeper than the blood that connects us as one family under God,” he cautioned. He also commended the Church of Uganda’s Female Provost in Kampala Diocese, Rev. Canon Rebecca Nyegenye, for giving an edifying presentation, adding that God’s mission is unstoppable.
Rev. Canon Nyegenye in her sermon based on Simon Peter, said that Ugandans and the world at large ought to pick a leaf from Peter who showed dedication to Jesus Christ. “Peter knew how to handle failure through his repentance, and I wish Ugandans will learn what it takes to do genuine repentance,” Nyegenye said. Hon. Francis Gonahasa and Mr. Innocent Rugambwa, the deputy heads of laity of the Anglican and Catholic chaplaincies respectively, called for continued joint celebrations for major Christian events in particular Easter and Christmas, in a bid to bring believers together.