Let us be just leaders - Speaker

PrayerThe Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, has called for fairness and impartiality as leaders exercise their duties.

Kadaga was speaking at the 19th National Prayer Breakfast hosted by Parliament at Hotel Africana on Sunday 8th October, 2017.

The event was held under the theme: “As for me and my family, we shall serve the Lord,” which was taken from Joshua 24:15 in Bible.

The Speaker said that leaders all over the world have a task before them to be fair to all the people they serve, which is a God-given task.

“We are like-minded people and in our fellowship we are reminded of the core values of Jesus Christ especially love and harmony; God gave us instructions not to make unjust laws that suppress his people especially the poor,” Kadaga said, adding that, “God tells us to exercise impartiality in all our work and to consult him in case we find difficulty.”

She added that leaders need to act on all those areas in order to impact positively and urged people working in all the sectors within the country to be fair to the poor.

The Guest of Honour, H.E. President Yoweri Museveni said that the tradition of the National Prayer Breakfast was started in the US Congress when the political situation was tense and needed God’s intervention.

“We Africans have a unique situation; we have absented ourselves from domineering over the earth as expected of us in the Bible. We should therefore abandon the helpless approach and do something about ourselves by innovating more,” President Museveni said.

He urged leaders to encourage people to take up the mantle in innovation so that Uganda produces more than it consumes.

The guest speaker, Eng. Toluhi Olusegun Ayobami, from Nigeria, said that for one to change the culture of the people, one has to change their mentality especially from actions rather than words.

“We all must be the change that we ought to see in our society starting in our families; shared values of a family or society are more important than anything,” Eng. Ayobami said.

He said that God is not looking for witnesses, so when he gives one a vision he wants one to effect that vision.

Hon. Cecilia Ogwal (FDC, Dokolo District) who delivered a prayer for the family said that Ugandans need to come together as a family and ask for forgiveness wherever they have failed their societies.

The 19th national prayer breakfast was attended by national leaders and foreign dignitaries from all over the world.