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Religious leaders are asked to lead the reconstruction of ethical values

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ARUA – The Office of the President, through the Directorate of Ethics and Integrity, has urged religious leaders and religious organizations in West Nile to lead efforts to rebuild ethical values.

The call was made during a two-day training organized by the leadership with West Nile religious leaders on promoting a values-based Ugandan society at Heritage Courts in Arua town.

According to officials, Uganda’s failure to recognize the need for values, and therefore a national culture, has long denied steady growth and political certainty.

This, they say, has repeatedly caused incidents of in-group favoritism, sectarianism, out-group discrimination, ethnic and political tensions, cultural conflicts and, consequently, political unrest.

However, in 2013 the National Ethical Values ​​Policy (NEVP) was launched in Uganda.

The Directorate of Ethics and Integrity (DEI) developed the National Ethical Values ​​Policy, which takes its strengths from the national anthem and the national motto: For God and my Country.

The main objective of the policy is to promote and preserve Uganda’s rich cultural identity and values ​​to enhance national development within a harmonious environment.

Bwangamoi stressed the need for religious leaders to spearhead the rebuilding of ethical values ​​due to broken value systems in the country leading to rampant corruption and misconduct, among other things.  (All photos by Robert Adiga)

Bwangamoi stressed the need for religious leaders to spearhead the rebuilding of ethical values ​​due to broken value systems in the country leading to rampant corruption and misconduct, among other things. (All photos by Robert Adiga)

During the engagement with religious organisations, the Directorate Permanent Secretary, Alex Okello Bwangamoi, emphasized the need for religious leaders to spearhead the rebuilding of ethical values ​​due to the broken value systems in the country leading to rampant corruption. and misconduct, among others.

“Broken values ​​in our society are the point of concern and we explain the failure of values, corruption, bad behavior in schools and society are the result of broken values, it is human behaviors and people who can correct them. The human mind is a faith-based organization because you cannot bring the change in human mind to the UNRA engineers but to the religious leaders, that is the reason we want them to be at the forefront,” Okello said.

First Deputy Supreme Mufti Sheikh Mohammad Ali Waiswa assured the commitment of religious leaders under the umbrella of the Interfaith Council to recover lost national values ​​through dialogue, saying religions are guardians of conduct as worship without character is useless.

“We have taken the initiative to call on the nation to rebuild national values ​​through national dialogue and what the leadership is doing is improving that dialogue and we have even written a pastoral letter that enhances the voice and action of integrity and ethical conduct in the fight against corruption and in part it is what the management is doing and character is built in an organization based on faith and religion that does not address character is not based on faith,” Sheikh Waiswa said.

The Archdeacon of Arua in Madi-Westnile Diocese, Venerable Alber Limio Avie, said Uganda is built on foundations that need to be molded morally, adding that partnering with the government is the right thing to do, although he acknowledges that the intervention is quite late since that The foundation has been broken by immorality.

“Uganda is built on foundations and is very good, although it came a little late to our nation. Corruption in Uganda is not on the residents’ table. Corruption begins in families and corrupt people come from our families and communities, so we have to start from the bottom because when the foundations are broken, what can the righteous do?” said Ven, Alber Avie.

The Queen of Heaven Parish Priest of Yumbe District, Rev. Fr. Jimmy Apangu, who is also Dean of Lodonga Deanery, commended the Government, through the Directorate of Ethics, for the participation of religious leaders in the fight against moral degeneration in the country, as the churches are the conscience of the citizens by providing checks and balances. .

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