The newly enthroned Archbishop of Church of Uganda, The Most Rev Dr Samuel Stephen Kazimba Mugalu has called on KCCA (Kampala Capital City Authority) and Government at large to work with the Church to remove and resettle street children from the streets of Kampala.
The archbishop made the call on Sunday while being enthroned as the 8th Bishop of Kampala Diocese at All Saint’s Cathedral Nakasero.
The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda by church law, has to be the Bishop of Diocese of Kampala.
“We need to work with KCCA and Government to address the issue of these children. We can get involved in ministering to them in counselling, sharing Christ’s love and moving them from the streets to certain homes and for some, they can be resettled in their parents’ homes,” he said.
“There is certainly a lot required in restoring these children to the state they should be in. It’s both risky and expensive but whatever we can do, we should do to minister to the street children,” she said.
Kazimba on the other hand, conveyed concern over girls who practice prostitution on the streets in late hours of the night.
“This is an area of the Ministry the Church must be involved in, effectively working with different departments especially the women ministry. And today is Women’s day. We need to give attention to those women who are actually selling themselves.”
On the emerging issue of many young people quitting Church of Uganda to join the mushrooming Pentecostal churches which he termed as “experts in prayer who can prophesy on their lives,” Kazimba said there is desire to make Church of Uganda youth friendly.
“Many young people are looking for a Church with a welcoming atmosphere and where the quality of relationships is encouraged. They need a Church that speaks their language and address their challenges so that they can grow spiritually and get actively involved in God’s mission. Children and youth need fun, engage in music and worship,” he said.
“Our Churches should make the young involved in all aspects of a church life in order to make them feel that they belong. We need to ensure that they feel accepted and valued for who they are because this enhances genuine relationship.”
The Archbishop vowed to work on establishing a prayer ministry at Church House along Kampala road for lunch time prayers commonly known as lunch hour every day.
The Mission department working with the Cathedral, he said, will take the responsibility.