Treat Us as Essential Workers – Iganga Religious Leaders Tell Government

By Solomon Hamala




Religious leaders in Iganga have asked government to consider including them as essential workers during periods of lock down saying they play a big role towards shaping the morals of the public.


This call was made by Pastor Julius Talemwa of Bethel healing church located in Bugumba zone Iganga municipality while delivering his sermons to Christians who turned up for Sunday prayers.


Talemwa said religious leaders were denied chance to move during the COVID 19 lock down yet they were entitled to pray for persons who died or were terminally sick.


“All these categories of people need our services but there was no way we could travel, “he said.


Talemwa said religious leaders need to be recognized as essential workers because they play a fundamental role of nurturing people who could have lost confidence during the effects of COVID 19 lock down by offering prayers.


“People need prayers during such a period but there is no way of reaching out to them,” he added.


Meanwhile, during the first Sunday service yesterday, a total of 67 born again Christians received COVID 19 vaccination jabs at Bethel healing center.


One of the health workers, Justine Kagoya said they received few vaccines from the district health department yet the demand was high.


“People especially the elderly came to receive the jabs but were shocked to hear that they were over,” she said.


Bishop Moses Kaziba of Baptist church of Uganda said many wedding ceremonies that had been earlier planned were canceled at the last moment during the second lock down after religious leaders were denied movement permits by the respective resident district commissioners.


Kaziba said on several occasions, religious leaders have been harassed by security personnel at road blocks during periods of lock down besides their vehicles being impounded yet they play a vital role in society.


The Bishop Central Busoga Diocese, Patrick Wakula urged religious leaders to diversify their sources of income instead of relying on handouts from the faithfuls after prayers.


“It’s because most of our religious leaders have failed to set up other businesses to supplement on their income that’s why they are complaining of being regarded as essential workers,” he said.


Soroti Christians urged to embrace the covid 19 vaccination.


Amdist rumours circulating in the public describing the ongoing covid 19 vaccination as one connected to the devilish “666” and illuminati, different church leaders have come out to rubbish the rumours calling it fake news and further advised the Christians to embrace the vaccination program and take it seriously.


In an interview with this website, Edison Oluka a lay leader at St Paul’s church of uganda in moruapesur Ward in soroti city east, called upon Christians to disregard the propaganda as even church leaders are going for the vaccination.


“Also saying that government wants to kill it’s citizens is wrong because the vaccine was approved by the health ministry before the vaccination started, we also appreciate the government for opening up places of worship” he added


Rev Ekou Mackay of the main pentecostal assembly church (PAG) in soroti city also called upon the public to embrace the vaccination exercise that’s on going.


“As church leaders, we need to teach the Christians why the should embrace the vaccination and we are going to do that while preaching, we should pray to God as life belongs to his hands and we should further continue observing the SOPs’ instead of being forced but rather do it voluntarily so that we don’t get affected during this trying time” he added.


Most of the churches were over whelmed by Christians excited to pray but different churches were able to control the crowds following different masses and SOP’s tightly observed by all those around the church.

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