Soroti Diocese Bishop Urges Lawmakers to Abandon Witchcraft in Political Pursuits


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Soroti Diocese Bishop Joseph Eciru Oliach has cautioned legislators against resorting to witchcraft in an apparent bid to protect their political positions.

Speaking during a Mass at the homecoming event of Parliament Speaker Anita Among in Bukedea District, Bishop Oliach emphasized that relying on witchcraft holds no value, especially in a society where belief in God is paramount.

The event, held at Speaker Among’s residence in Aereere Village, Kamutur Sub-county, saw the participation of over 300 lawmakers.

Bishop Oliach encouraged the MPs to eschew practices associated with malevolent forces and instead lead lives that align with Uganda’s national motto, “For God and my country.”

He underscored the importance of fostering peace and unity within the community.

Speaker Among, who also serves as the Bukedea District Woman MP, organized the gathering as an expression of gratitude to her constituents and fellow legislators. She thanked them for electing her as their representative in the 11th Parliament and for endorsing her as the Deputy Speaker in May 2021, and subsequently as the Speaker following the passing of Jacob Oulanyah 10 months later.

In resonance with Bishop Oliach’s counsel, Stella Apolot, the Ngora District Woman MP, affirmed that some politicians reportedly resort to visiting witch doctors’ shrines during campaigns to invoke blessings or place curses on their opponents.

Echoing the sentiment, Apolot emphasized the significance of valuing faith and urged her colleagues in Parliament to prioritize their relationship with God.

During the same occasion, Speaker Among revealed that Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba, the First Son and a senior adviser to his father on Special Operations, was expected to visit Kuchumbala, Bukedea, en route to Soroti City.

Speaker Among called upon all present and arriving members to attend Gen Muhoozi’s function, although the exact nature of the event remained unclear.

In anticipation of the event, Speaker Among shared her insights on sustainable wealth creation, urging the youth to embrace farming as a viable avenue.

Drawing from her own experiences, she encouraged humility and practicality, citing the example of tending to her cows despite her position.

Referring to President Museveni’s farm in Kisozi, Gomba District, as a source of inspiration, Among advocated for agriculture as a reliable pathway to prosperity. She expressed her intention to support women in her constituency with cows from her own farm, recognizing the role of agriculture in the local community.

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