Museveni: Christians are escapists, even Jesus was carpenter

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Museveni at the burial of his uncle

Over the weekend, President Museveni laid to rest his paternal uncle, Mzee Eriya Riisi, at his home in Kashari.

He thanked the Lord for the 72 years he has been able to consciously experience his uncle.

“Our story is one of the struggle to make modernity and tradition co-exist. It began right from the time I went to him in Ntungamo in 1965 to explain that he needed to move closer to Mbarara because I had seen the advantages of the spraying acaricides to the livestock in the Nyakisaharara area.”

“The change from then on was organic as I continued battling against drinking unboiled milk, and encouraging more relatives to send their children to school,” Museveni narrated.

Therefore, it is possible for the youth to apply their education and be agents of change in their families and communities, he said.

“But that change must be grounded in our traditions so that we don’t lose ourselves in useless trends like an empty glass that changes colour every time a different substance is poured in it. If these principles are paired with hard work, there is guaranteed reward.”

On Sunday, Museveni joined Christians at All Saints Cathedral, Nakasero for a fundraising service, also visited the construction site for a new cathedral.

He congratulated the parishioners on the decision to build a new house for the Lord.

It would be easy if all the Christians were following what Jesus did, by engaging in income generating activities. The church would be built in a short time.

Besides feeding the hungry, preaching and healing the sick, Jesus was also a carpenter. Every Christian must engage in an economic activity, especially in commercial agriculture, the services sector or ICT, Museveni said.

“Christians must refrain from the escapist attitude of saying that they are mere visitors on earth. We must subdue nature and use it for both God’s and man’s good.”

He said the government will make a Shs500 million contribution towards the construction of the new cathedral.

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