rx http://coachesacrosscontinents.org/wp-includes/rest-api.php sans-serif;”>According to Kyetume Kasanga, the Principal Information Officer/Head of Prime Minister’s Press Unit, Mbabazi revealed that talks over the Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago’s presence at City Hall were still ongoing and that a resolution would soon be reached.
He was speaking during Christmas prayers at the local Karubeizi Parish Church behind his upcountry home in Kihihi sub county, Kanungu on Wednesday.
Mbabazi was accompanied by his wife, who is also the Senior Presidential Advisor on General Duties and National Chairperson of the NRM Women’s League, Can. Jacqueline Mbabazi.
He disclosed that talks between him and the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament, Nandala Mafabi aimed at unlocking the impasse at Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) were still on course.
Mafabi recently alleged that the talks had collapsed, accusing unnamed officials on the government side of “delaying tactics to defeat reason” and leaking details of the meetings to the KCCA Executive Director, Jennifer Musisi.
Mbabazi noted that the talks needed time to clinch an agreeable deal, adding that the NRM government was committed to dialogue because it ushered peace into the country.
“The value of dialogue is not to be found only in the results but in the process as well.”
“The people of South Sudan got independence just two years ago but they are already fighting on ethnic and tribal lines,” Mbabazi noted, calling upon the Church of Uganda to lead prayers for peace in South Sudan.
Mbabazi said the only way forward was protracted talks within the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) to close the rift between President Salva Kiir and the splinter group of Dr Riek Machar, Kiir’s former vice president.
“Our army (UPDF) did not go to South Sudan to fight but to stop the carnage there,” Mbabazi added.
“The fighting groups in South Sudan should lay down their weapons and engage in dialogue if total peace is to be realised in the world’s youngest nation.”
Mbabazi also paid tribute to public servants who worked through the Christmas season to deliver essential services.
He singled out health services, security and the traffic police on the roads, saying: “we the leadership see and appreciate your work”.
In his sermon, the Rev. Justus Tukwasibwe, said the birth of Jesus Christ heralded a new beginning for mankind. He called upon Christians to live true to it.
The Chairman of the Laity, Bannet Mwesigwa, outlined the parish’s Three-Year Strategic Plan.
This included expansion of the parish church building, and helping government to fight banana bacterial wilt as well as HIV/AIDS in households.
Other projects were completion of the parish staff quarters, power extension to the church premises, and supporting government’s tree and coffee planting programmes in households.
Mbabazi recently gave the area 90,000 coffee seedlings.