Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda has revealed government plans to recognize Bishop Festo Kivengere, the first native Bishop of the Diocese of Kigezi, in the same way as Archbishop Jonan Luwum.
Kivengere was a revered evangelist of international reputation, who, like Archbishop Luwum spoke out against the evils of the government of President Idi Amin, before he was forced into exile in Kenya.
“As government we are going to look into whether we can also have a day to remember him,” Said Dr. Rugunda.
The Prime Minister told reporters in Kabale on Sunday, that while he was in exile in America, Bishop Kivengere paid for part of his semester fees which he mobilized under his organization RETURN, meant to help Ugandan that were in exile to come back home.
Meanwhile, during the press conference at his residence, Dr. Rugunda revealed that the four dioceses that make the greater Kigezi diocese, which are North Kigezi Diocese, Muhabura Diocese, Kinkiizi Diocese and Diocese of Kigezi have requested him and his longtime Friend John Patrick Amama Mbabazi to spearhead the organization of the 3rd June Uganda martyrs celebrations that will be led by the four dioceses of Kigezi sub region.
“ I am privileged and humbled with my brother Ndugu Mbabazi as the four bishops of the greater Kigezi, have asked us to spearhead the organization of the Uganda Martyrs celebrations where I will be the chairman as my brother Mbabazi co- chairman of the steering committee,” Said Dr Rugunda.