Jinja: Top leaders from Busoga subregion came together in collaboration with religious leaders to launch a prayer week, seeking divine intervention for unity, forgiveness, and development in the region. The initiative, spearheaded by the Busoga Consortium for Development, aims to consolidate the fruits of leadership and promote cohesion for the betterment of Busoga’s economic and social landscape.
The prayer week, which made its debut last year, returned with the theme “Consolidating the Fruits of Leadership: Cohesion for Busoga Consortium Development, Institutional Strengthening, and Socio-Economic Recovery.” Its primary goal is to foster unity and collaboration among the people of Busoga, ultimately leading to substantial economic transformation through shared social, political, and economic objectives.
Ministers, local leaders, and residents firmly believe that collective prayers will play a vital role in unifying the people of Busoga, thus catalyzing development efforts across the region. They maintain that by rallying behind common goals, they can channel their efforts into programs aimed at alleviating poverty and improving the overall living conditions of the community. Emphasizing the importance of unity, they stand united in their support for government-led initiatives, including the Emyooga and Parish Development plans.
The inter-denominational prayer gathering, scheduled for August 13th at the Namayingo district ceremonial grounds, will be a central event during the prayer week. Religious leaders from various faiths, including Protestants, Catholics, Muslims, Adventists, Orthodox, and Lutherans, among others, will lead the congregation in prayers for the region’s growth and prosperity.
Rukia Isanga Nakadama, the Maayuge district women member of Parliament, expressed confidence that unity would ignite significant development, as it would galvanize efforts towards poverty alleviation programs. She urged against any divisive rhetoric and instead called for a collective focus on uplifting the region through collaborative action.
Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga, the First Deputy Prime Minister, commended the Busoga Consortium for their leadership in driving unity and development efforts. She acknowledged that while progress had been made, the region still faced educational disparities compared to other areas. Calling for continued dedication and hard work, she emphasized the need to bridge this gap and elevate Busoga’s educational standards.
Mary Babirye Babalanda, the Minister for Presidency, passionately urged Busoga leaders to prioritize the region’s growth and prosperity. Emphasizing the power of collective leadership, she highlighted that the people would follow their leaders’ vision and actions. She urged religious leaders to advocate for the development of Busoga in their respective places of worship, recognizing the influential role they play in shaping community attitudes and aspirations.