The Inter Religious Council of Uganda (IRCU) has issued the 2017 Edition of the Pastoral Letter titled; “Our calling at such a time”.
The letter was launched yesterday by the Chairman of the IRCU Council of Presidents as well as the Mufti of Uganda; His Eminence Shk. Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje at the IRCU Secretariat in Mengo.
In his remarks to the press during the launch, His Eminence Shk. Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje said the pastoral letter covers many aspects of Uganda’s national life.
“This Pastoral Letter contains our observations and gives guidance on the current socio-political situation in the country” he said.
His Eminence the Mufti urged all faith leaders to read the Pastoral Letter to their congregations or faithfuls starting this weekend throughout the festive season.
Among other issues, the Pastoral letter offers guidance on the current debate on the constitutional amendment to remove age limit and the proposed extension of the presidential and parliamentary term of office from five years to seven years.
In the Pastoral letter, the Religious leaders also called for a national dialogue to discuss various governance challenges that have plagued the county and are likely to impact on the country’s future.
Commenting on the issues raised in the Pastoral Letter, the IRCU Secretary General Mr. Joshua Kitakule called for a more transparent process to be carried out with clear terms of reference and mutually accepted approach and methodologies.
The letter is signed by the IRCU Chairman H.E Shk. Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje who is the Mufti of Uganda, The Arch Bishop of Kampala Arch Diocese Dr. Cprian Kizito Lwanga, the Arch Bishop of the Church of Uganda Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali, the President Born Again Faith Uganda Dr. Joseph Serwadda, the Arch Bishop Uganda orthodox Church H.E Metropolitan Jonah Lwanga, the President SDA Pr. Daniel Matte and the General Overseer National Alliance of Pentecostal and Evangelical Churches in Uganda Bishop Joshua Lwere.
The IRCU Secretary General Mr. Joshua Kitakule was present during the launch. Other key religious leaders present included the Chairperson of the IRCU Board Msqr. Kasibante Charles and the Vicar General of the Orthodox Church Rev. Fr. Paul Mukasa.