24th June 2020
Bishop Emeritus of Masaka diocese Rt. Rev. John Baptist Kaggwa has joined a section of Ugandans in support for the postponement of the 2021 general election.
Bishop Kaggwa says that with the presence of corona virus, it is reasonable for the elections to be extended and be held two years later after the country is announced to be free from Covid- 19.
The Electoral Commission last week launched a revised roadmap for the 2021 general elections following the interruptions in the initial roadmap due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Chairperson of the commission Justice Simon Byabakama presented a ‘scientific electoral program’ that prescribes online registration, virtual campaigns and several other events to fall in line with the SOPs and guidelines in the fight against Coronavirus.
At the silver jubilee celebrations as a Bishop on the feast of Saint John the Baptist at Our Lady of Sorrows Cathedral Kitovu Masaka Bishop Kaggwa rejected the revised electoral roadmap saying it will not give chance to the voters to judge the would be leader properly because he needs to be seen, questioned and interact with him or her for purposes of getting the person of their choice for leadership.
Bishop Kaggwa says there shouldn’t be panic among Ugandans and government that without this election Uganda is ending. He prayed for humility over this electoral process for the country to take the right procedure that is acceptable by all for the good of Uganda.
On the side of the celebration Bishop Kaggwa who retired in 2019 has called on Christians and all well-wishers to support his successor Rt. Rev. Bishop Serverus Jjumba in all projects that were left pending.
Meanwhile in his homily the chairperson of the Uganda Episcopal Conference Bishop Joseph Anthony Zziwa narrated several achievements Masaka diocese has achieved during the stewardship of Bishop Kaggwa that was not only spiritual and pastoral but worked towards the livelihood of the people right from the family level for each person to get income.
A project like MADDO that has given out cattle and provided seedlings to increase family income is among many other programs that have built self sustenance not forgetting a number of parishes and health care centers opened and maintained to support a holistic person.
Bishop Zziwa also acknowledged Bishop Kaggwa for his guidance to all including political leaders in addition to the love for culture through which he promoted the ancestral places of Uganda Martyrs born in Masaka diocese.