Deputy Speaker Thomas Tayebwa has called upon church leaders to leverage the influential structures of the church in the fight against poverty.
Speaking at the Mbarara Ecclesiastical Province Association (MEPA) annual Pilgrimage held at Namugongo Martyrs Shrine on Sunday, Tayebwa emphasized the pivotal role the church could play in development.
Tayebwa highlighted the parallel authority between the government and the church, noting that both entities operate based on similar principles, including the laws of God and government. He urged church leaders to recognize this authority and use it to make a substantial impact on societal development.
“I ask that using all administrative structures of the church, let us teach people how to work because you will get to a level when there is no offertory; there is a lot of poverty among people,” stated Tayebwa.
He encouraged bishops to take an active role in programs aimed at eliminating poverty, suggesting the use of available church land for sustainable initiatives.
The MEPA annual Pilgrimage brought together the dioceses of Kabale, Mbarara, Fort Portal, Hoima, and Kasese.