The Bishop of Kinkizi diocese in Kanungu district Rt. Rev. Dan Zoreka has urged President Yoweri Museveni not to assent to the recently passed controversial constitution amendment bills by parliament.
Bishop Zoreka begged President Museveni “to listen to the voices of the majority Ugandans” and not sign the recently passed age limit bill; the legislators also voted for extension of the tenure of parliament and elected local government officials from 5 years to 7 years.
The bill, which was approved by lawmakers last week through voting, is now awaiting Museveni’s signature to become a law.
To that end, Zoreka said Museveni should know that the constitution belongs to all Ugandans and not one person and party.
“The Constitution belongs to all Ugandans and not one party. My appeal is that these MPs go back and listen to their people who sent them to Parliament. They can reconsider to put a halt on this. It’s not too late,” said Bishop Zoreka.
The Bishop asked the President to think about Ugandans who respect and love him as a leader who has steered the country for more than 30 years.
“Our head of state is a good person. We want to thank him for good work he has done leading this country. I want to say as a leader of this country, most of us look up to him. Let him also listen to what the people are saying and consider their wishes. I know God is going to use our leaders to make better judgment,’’ said Bishop Zoreka.
He made the remarks Monday while preaching during the Christmas prayers at St. Peters Cathedral — Nyakatare in Kanungu district.
After the service, a section of Christians, who hail from Kanungu but work and stay in Kampala under a group dubbed ‘Kampala Chapter’ chaired by former Prime Minister John Patrick Amama Mbabazi delivered a brand new Toyota Land Cruiser registration number UBB 871T worth 270 million shillings amidst ululations from the congregants.
Amama Mbabazi, in his message read for him by James Ruugi Kaberuka, the Kinkizi West MP — he lauded the developmental strides the diocese has made in social-economic transformation.
Bishop Zoreka thanked the Christians saying that the car that was given to him some years ago had broken down and that the donation of the vehicle was a relief to the diocese.
The outspoken cleric is also remembered during the last presidential elections for using the pulpit to campaign for Amama Mbabazi during his contention for presidency; Museveni won the polls held on February 18 last year.
Last week, 371 NRM MPs voted to remove the age limit from the Constitution, a process that stirred disagreement and criticism across the country.