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My life is centred on prayer, Bible reading – First Lady

First Lady Janet Kataaha Museveni. PPU photo.

Embracing prayer and taking God at His word has transformed my life, Janet Kataaha Museveni has said.

The 70-year-old is wife to Uganda’s incumbent President, Yoweri Kaguta Musevei. The two exchanged their wedding vows in August 1973 and had their first child, Muhoozi Kainerugaba, born on April 24, 1974.

Janet Museveni opened up about her growing in intimacy with God during the official opening of Uganda’s very first National Christian Lawyers’ Conference in the Capital, Kampala.

Janet, who has for years cultivated support in certain corners of Pentecostal Christianity because, while she openly disregards many controversial evangelical moral standards and political preferences, effortlessly demonstrates deep harmony with various Pentecostal Churches, expresses her belief that God called her to the position she is in today.

Janet’s prolific invitations to various national and international evangelists at the State House or other formal occasions for many believers reflects the changing terms of politics and religion in Uganda.

Taking cues from biblical accounts of Israel’s kings (and pagan kings over Israel), Born Again Christians believe anyone can be a vessel for God’s ultimate purposes. A person’s limitations do not matter, instead, what really matters is whether the person is “anointed” for the task.

Janet told hundreds at the National Christian Lawyers’ Conference that “she prides herself in two simple principles that have guided her all her life: prayer and reading the Bible on a daily basis.”

She told the audience to pick a leaf from her “in order to be lawyers of service.”

“When these evils continue in our society, it means we have moved away from our right standing with God,” she remarked. “Christian lawyers should be the champions of this noble cause of eradicating corruption. We should aspire for that day when Uganda is named among the least corrupt nations of the world.”

“We are right when and only when we stand in the right position relative to God and we are wrong so far and so long as we stand in any other position. And so, we must begin with God in every endeavour in serving people whether in the Executive, Legislature or Judiciary,” Janet Museveni added.

Mrs Museveni, who was in exile in Sweden, as her husband fought in the bushes in 1986 during the power struggle, never imagined becoming a First Lady, “even for a day.”

“No. That could not be part of even my wildest dream,” she told the BBC back in 2010. “At that time, what was topmost in my mind were questions like; will we ever get a chance to get home again? Or would my husband even survive the bush to be able to see a free Uganda?”

By UG Christian News Correspondent.

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