President Yoweri Museveni has applauded the resolve of late Archbishop Jonani Luwumu for openly criticizing the horrendous crimes of Idi Amin from within and emerging as a beacon of hope, advocate of mercy, truth, justice and peace.
In a speech read for him by Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi during the 40th commemoration of the martyrdom of blessed Archbishop Janani Luwum at Mucwini in Kitgum district, the President added that Luwum protested against arbitrary killings and unexplained disappearances and preached about materialism in the world where it rules.
President Museveni said that Luwum’s legacy in Uganda and abroad stands out as a spiritual leader, a voice of the voiceless, a father and an uncompromising Christian soldier.
The President said that crimes against humanity that characterized the regime from 1971-79 should serve as a lesson especially to upcoming leaders, that acquisition of power isn’t an end itself but which power should be used to improve the lives of citizens.
He said that government appreciates the action of the Anglican Church for canonizing Archbishop JananiLuwum and for recognizing his spiritual virtues and sacrifice to humanity.
The President said that government will support the construction of Janani Luwum memorial centre in Mucwini in addition to building a monument for him and naming roads after him around the country and welcomed pilgrims from Kenya, DRC, Rwanda, Tanzania, India and UK especially Rt. Rev. Mike Hill Bishop of Bristol Diocese who represented the Archbishop of Canterbury and Rt. Rev. Michael Nazil Ali who was guest preacher.
Archbishop of Church Of Uganda, Stanley Ntagali said that late Luwum continues to inspire leaders in the church and to the world that strengthen the prophetic mission of Jesus Christ.
Rt. Rev. Michael Nazzir-Ali, retired Bishop of Rochester Diocese in UK and guest preacher said that although the bible calls on us to obey our leaders, its worth disobeying counsel or guidance that is against the teachings of God and the bible as shown by Late Bishop Luwum.
Acholi Paramount chief Rwot Charles Owor Achana reminded government to effect the cattle compensation programme for Acholi sub region and called for relief aid for the starving people in the region, which is a result of the prolonged dry spell.
The function that was also addressed by Bishop of Northern Uganda Diocese Charles Odur kami was attended by the Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanya, Prime Minister RuhakanaRugunda, the Minister for the Presidency, Esther MbayoMbulakubuza, Kitgum district leaders and pilgrims.