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Inter-religious Council of Uganda sets dates for national prayers ahead of the Uganda general elections

The Council of Presidents of Inter-Religious Council of Uganda (IRCU) has organized the weekend of February 12-14, 2016 to conduct national prayers for peace,

unity and stability as the country prepares for the General Elections due February 18, 2016.
Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubajje, Co-Chair of IRCU and the Mufti of Uganda, said the prayers will be held by all religious faiths in Uganda at their respective places of worship.

“The Muslims are expected to hold their prayer day on Friday February 12, while the Seventh-day Adventists will hold theirs on Saturday February 13. The Catholics, Anglicans, Orthodox, Pentecostals, Evangelicals and others, their prayers will be held on Sunday February 14, respectively,” he said.
He was addressing journalists on Friday February 5 at a Press Conference on the Status of the 2016 General elections that was held at the offices of the IRCU in Namirembe, a Kampala suburb.

He further pointed out some of the challenges that have in the past brought the would-be democratic process to disrepute.
“For example, inadequate internal democracy within political parties, credibility of the Electoral Commission, vote buying, voter apathy, intolerance and violence, militia groups, intimidation, use of abusive language and ballot stuffing,” he said. “A few weeks to the polling day, these issues remain the key concerns of many people both within and outside Uganda and there is a need for urgent action by all concerned stakeholders.”
The Mufti urged all leaders from the Christian, Muslim, and other communities to pray for the candidates, the voters, various groups including women, children and the youth for a peaceful elections.

He also called on all on politicians not to bribe voters, incite violence or hold voters to their personal desires. He advised that they need to display a high level of statesmanship so that they can be able to lead this country to prosperity.
Meanwhile, the Vicar General of Kampala Archdiocese, Msgr. Charles Kasibante who represented Most Rev. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, the Archbishop of Kampala, urged believers to pray to God to provide the right leaders for the country.

“As religious leaders, we are not supposed to be involved in partisan election or campaign for any individual politician because all sides are our people and people of God. Politicians are welcomed to our churches but we call upon everyone to pray that God would provide the right leaders for the country vote,” Msgr. Kasibante said.
The Press Conference was also attended by the Secretary General of the Uganda Episcopal Conference, Msgr. John Baptist Kauta and the former Chairperson of the Judicial Service Commission and the Head of the Elders’ Forum, Justice James Ogoola.

Justice Ogoola called on all Ugandans to vote for a leader who can lead Uganda with a steady hand and a sober head in matters of International Relations.
He also urged everyone to show support for the second Presidential Debate slated for February 13, 2016. The debate will focus on foreign policy, taking into account regional integration, border trade, and crime, among others, said one of the organizers.
The debate will also take into account how Uganda features in the inter-play of affairs between the Great Lakes Region and the Horn of Africa.

By the Media Officer, Uganda Episcopal Conference

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