BUSOGA, UGANDA: The Busoga Consortium for Development (BCD), a committee which was formed to steer up development in the sub-region has partnered with religious leaders to conduct a prayer week aimed at beseeching God to revive unity, togetherness, forgiveness, and development in Busoga subregion.
This comes after the ‘Men of God’ agreed during last week’s meeting to conduct joint prayers intended to bring unity, forgiveness, development, and revive the physical and spiritual well-being of people in Busoga.
The meeting that involved different religious leaders from Busoga on July 14, 2022, at Civil Service College in Jinja also resolved to form a steering committee to organize joint prayers and the committee is headed by Prof Dr. Muhammad Lubega Kisambira, Busoga’s first deputy premier.
During the launch of the prayer week launch at Mother Kevin CMS, Bulamagi sub-county in Iganga district on Thursday, the Bishop of Central Busoga Diocese, Rt Rev Patrick Wakula confirmed that the prayers will be conducted from July 25 to 31st in a joint fellowship.
“Whatever the situation, our God remains God and we should speak to Him. The committee of Busoga consortium for development has organized a joint fellowship for a full week from July 25 to July 31, this year,” said Bishop Wakula, adding that the prayer week will bring unity and strengthen people’s relationships with God adding that it will bring all religions together for a common cause.
“This prayer week is intended to bring unity, to see that people can forgive one another, to build hope in our physical life, and revive our relationship with our God. This fellowship will bring together all religions like the Anglicans, Catholics, Born again faith, Orthodox Churches, seventh-day Adventist churches, and Muslims from various mosques.”
According to Bishop Wakula, this week will cause all religious leaders to interact with people wherever they will be such that a message of unity and development can sink into their minds.
He confirmed that the prayer week will be summarized on July 31, 2022, with a mega prayer fellowship at Iganga municipal council primary school in Iganga town where all leaders in Busoga will be invited to attend.
“During this prayer week, we intend to use every chance to reach the message at funerals and meeting people individually especially when there are those having misunderstandings. On July 31, as we end the week, we intend to have all political leaders from Busoga like Hon ministers, Hon MPs, local government leaders, among others and we call upon everyone in your capacities to be involved,” Bishop Wakula said.
The coordinator Busoga consortium for development who doubles as former governor Iganga, Patrick Kayemba says that the week has been set for prayers and fasting where local people, their leaders, people’s work, and Busoga as a subregion will be dedicated in the hands of God.
“Today we have launched another strategy of a sub-regional collective and multi-denominational prayer under the Busoga consortium for development in collaboration with the interreligious council of Busoga. We have come together and from 25th to 31st of this month, we have set that week as a prayer and fasting week, dedicating the leaders, the works of different people, the people of Busoga and Busoga as a subregion in the hands of God,” Kayemba said.
Mr Kayemba says that this development will spirituality and physically help in curtailing poverty and disunity in Busoga through ensuring infrastructural development such that everyone grab God’s blessings in any activity.
“We think that from this initiative, we can have a new strategy, a new spirit, new energies to make sure that we fight poverty, disunity under education, health, infrastructure and ensure that every plan of every hand will bear God’s blessings however micro it will be,” Kayemba emphasized.
The presiding Bishop of the National Fellowship of Pentecostal Churches in Busoga, Bishop Munene Edward says Busoga is grateful for the initiative presented by the Busoga consortium citing that it will iron out some challenges amongst the people of Busoga.
“We are so grateful that as Busoga, we’re going to pray jointly such that we can come together as Busoga from misunderstandings, poverty, and all kinds of abominations against our region. We appreciate the Busoga consortium for this initiative and welcome everyone,” says Bishop Munene.
Meanwhile, the chairperson interreligious council Bugiri district, Pastor Raphael Ongagho welcomed the initiative saying that this prayer week will unite people in Busoga and bring them together in development plus uniting leadership in Busoga and forgetting the previous misunderstandings. He however rallied people to attend the prayers, especially the people of Bugiri district whom he represented in the meeting.