By Kabuye Ronald
The Archbishop of the church of Uganda the most Reverend Samuel Stephen Kazimba Mugalu has urged the public not to allow themselves to be manipulated by the shallow promises of politicians or to get overly excited by campaigns because there is no politician that is worth dying for.
”Elected leaders are important in any country’s governance, and Christians are called to exercise their electoral responsibilities of voting and making their voices heard in the public square. At the same time, we need to also recognize that politicians are not worth dying for. Politicians can’t die for the sins of the world. So don’t put your life on the line for them! Only Jesus died for the sins of the world. Only Jesus is worth following to the point of death.
We now ask you, our fellow Ugandans, to not allow yourselves to be manipulated by the shallow promises of politicians or to get overly excited by campaigns or to expect a human politician to be your personal Saviour. Study the issues and people deeply and seriously, and then vote your conscience. Don’t sell your soul for cheap promises.” Said Arch. Kazimba
The Archibishop Kazimba said that religious leaders has asked police, the electoral commission and politicians to exercise their mandate with restraint
“I want to remind you that as religious leaders we have already met with the Electoral Commission, the Police, and several political candidates. We have urged all of them to exercise restraint and to promote the values of civility and respect in the way campaigns are handled.
We call on the electoral commission to guard the integrity and objectivity of the electoral process so that it is above reproach and can never be accused of favoring one candidate above another. Ugandans deserve nothing less than that.” Said kazimba
Jesus promised, “I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.” This is first and foremost an invitation into a saving relationship with Jesus who also said, “I am the way, the truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father but by me.”
Kazimba also said the country needs a mindset change for our relationships in order to reduce gender-based violence and also value the lives of friends and family members by observing the SOPs to prevent the spread of Covid-19 since the most new infections are from people close to us – a friend or relative who expose us.
Archbishop further emphasized that the country needs a conversion of our hands – to not look for quick salvation from politicians, but to look to Jesus and his way of life to give us “Life in its Fullness.”
He added that politics is important for the common life as a country. But, it is not the ONLY thing.