President Yoweri Museveni has during his visit to St Luke Kinoni Church of Uganda, Rwampara, Mbarara District over the weekend revealed that church inspired him to become president.
He told congregants that the foundation he got from church at and after baptism played a big role in what he has been able to do later in life, including being President.
His appearance with the First Lady and education minister, Hon. Janet Museveni at this location was intended to commemorate 70 years since he was baptized by the late Rev Eric Sabiti on August 3, 1947.
“My mother was the pioneer in joining the church, at time when our family was predominantly aligned to traditional beliefs. By this act of Baptism, my mother and father were pioneering in Christianity, as we were leaving traditional religion.” He said.
The President explained that the reason he was interested in commemorating this day was so that he would share his history, especially with the youth who he later told to take religion seriously.
“I have come to re-energise and emphasise the fact that the Church and other religious institutions build a person’s character. Religious instruction enables you to navigate through life. To know what is evil and what is right, what is good and what is bad. Societies that have abandoned religion, have not fared well.” He stated.
The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, the Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali is one of may Church leaders who were strongly criticized by the opposition for extending a congratulatory message to Yoweri Museveni on his re-election as the president of Uganda last year. This happened as critics termed the election results as fraudulent and called for an independent audit of the count.