Why so many apprehension when the constitution is crystal clear? Constitutions are drafted by experts and approved by the citizens because people know what is good for the nation, as well as for future generations. Constitutions reflect public justice, supremacy of law and the limits of human beings, be they in authority or not. When there is no constitution, rule of justice fades drastically. Ordinary nationals have the obligation to respect the constitution and the right to be protected by it from abuses and mistreatment. The constitution confers the citizens to elect authority to whoever they judge to lead them with justice and integrity. They also have the right to terminate the rule of their leaders legally according to the lines of the constitution. Democracy is nothing else than rule of law according to the pages of the constitution.
As Christians, we believe that all authority comes from God. Even though the people elect, it is through the people that God chooses rulers. The book of Daniel says “You, O king, are the king of kings, to whom the God of heaven has given the kingdom” (2:37-38). The same biblical revelation persists throughout the New TestaT. That is why Jesus reminded Pilate that if no authority was given to him from above, he can do nothing to him. People who promised to be “saviours” turned out to be despots who inflicted untold sufferings to their own people. History repeats itself under our nose. Unless political leaders convince themselves that their power comes from God, they will continue to create havoc. Apart from the self created tyrants of Africa, the world is again under nuclear war propagated by irresponsible leaders like Kim Jong-un of North Korea. Unless they come to their senses, we are yet to see another tragedy.
They fail to understand that similar moves destroy not only their opponents, Kim Jong-un – vs. – Trump; but the entire population and environment created by God. To these leaders and their likes, the Word of God is warning them; “you are a man and not God, although you make your heart like the heart of God”(Pro 8:15).
Many people in Uganda are asking what the fruits of independence are for the people on the ground. 9th of October is meant to be remembered for generation to come. However, what will the citizens celebrate amidst all the tension and insecurity related to the age limit uncertainty? Warnings and ‘red lights’ are everywhere to stop demonstrations. Yet, education, health service and other essential commodities show poor delivery. In responsible governance, these should be issues addressed and not Age Limit. At the moment, that is the least concern for the citizens. People want to live decent lives with economic security for their families, own their own land, equality, etc. And these are the fruits of independence that Ugandans want to enjoy.
October is the traditional Missionary Month in the Church. From the early Church, missionaries left their countries and announced the Good News “to the ends of the Earth”, as Jesus instructed his disciples. Their deep faith motivated them to announce in hard situations, to the point of shedding their blood for Christ.
Paimol Martyrs Daudi Okello and Jildo Irwa are the first fruits of evangelization by the Comboni Missionaries in Northern Uganda. At their tender age, (Daudi 18 and Jildo 15) they decided to shed their blood rather than renouncing their faith in Jesus Christ. The Church celebrates Mission Sunday on the 15th of October. Pope Francis on World Mission Sunday focuses on the need to gather round the person of Jesus and heed his call to proclaim the Gospel of the love of God the Father in the Power of the Holy Spirit. He also emphasizes the Church’s role as being “missionary in nature” and that “young people are the hope of mission.”
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