Museveni urges African bishops to support anti-poverty initiatives

For nearly an hour, President Yoweri Museveni waited patiently inside Lubaga Cathedral for the Sunday mass that kicked off the week long activities to mark the golden jubilee of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar  (SECAM).

Addressing the bishops, Museveni noted that much as
Africa has spiritually grown more than any other continent in the world, the continent’s spiritual position ought to be reinforced to move in consonance with people’s economic welfare.

“Religious leaders should now preach about multiplying talents and productivity to enhance Africans economic wellbeing,” Museveni said.

President Museveni chats with Kampala Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga

Museveni said that Africa’s dependency on subsistence farming has kept the continent and its more than 1.3 billion people in poverty compared to Europe which is four times less than the size of Africa with a population of 320 million.

“The reason is simple; culture. We are stuck in subsistence farming. Only working for the stomach not considering the element of money and accountability and profitability. Modern life is for money, economic evaluation and profitability of the economy,” Museveni said.

SECAM is an umbrella associatio  for Roman Catholic bishops in Africa which was formed in July 1969 when Pope Paul VI celebrated Mass at Lubaga Cathedral in Kampala at which he consecrated 16 African bishops.

To commemorate their 50th anniversary, more than 300 bishops are in Kampala for a conference and later on the celebrations which will be climaxed by an open air mass at the Uganda Martyrs shrine Namugongo.