President Yoweri Museveni has observed that Christians engaged in peace movement in Africa, Uganda inclusive, have a resource in discipline, honesty and not being corrupt. He said that those virtues have been under exploited in African societies to help in the transformation of the people.

“Most Christian Movements here live in resignation; that the Kingdom of God will come from heaven. What is the role of Christianity if it is not to transform life especially in Uganda? Influence society by example. What testimony would one give to the people when you are poorest,” he said.

The President was this morning speaking at the 18th National Prayer Breakfast at Hotel Africana in Kampala. The annul event is hosted by the Ugandan Parliament on the eve of Uganda’s independence anniversary celebrations that takes place on 9th October. The First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports Hon. Janet Museveni accompanied him.

The theme of the 18th National Prayer Breakfast this year was “We shall know them by their fruits.” It focused on giving the nation spiritual strength in order to enhance the bonds of brotherhood and faithfulness across the country.

The President told the guests that he attends the annual prayer breakfast because he initiated in Uganda after attending a similar one in the United States of America.

“When I went to the United States to attend a prayer breakfast, it was interdenominational and ecumenical that congregated all children of God together. All people were brought together, which was a good approach. When we came back we started. Therefore, I keep coming because we are in the foot steps of Jesus,” he said.

During the occasion today, the President read a declaration compiled by Parliament that emphasizes protection and strengthening the family as the basic unit of society. The declaration recognized this year as a time of a family in reconciliation.

The guest speaker, Jonathan William Patrick Aitken, a former Journalist, an MP and Cabinet Minister in British government, and at one time a prisoner said that Uganda is a peaceful and God fearing country. He warned politicians against falling prey to temptation.

The Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga thanked President Museveni for supporting and Parliament. She appealed to the new MPs to borrow a leaf from the testimony by Jonathan Aitken as politicians.

In a closing prayer, the First Lady, Janet Museveni, prayed for the Uganda Cranes to be symbolic and uphold to excel and become a power. She also prayed for the country to gain access into God’s presence for peace to continue reigning.