Emulate Catholic Church in Management of Public Affairs: Ugandan Legislator to Government

Hon. Mathias Mpuuga, speaking at the 125th anniversary of Our Lady Queen of Virgins Parish of Kampala Archdiocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

There is need for the government of Uganda to emulate the Catholic Church in management of public affairs for the success of the East African country, the leader of opposition in the country’s parliament has said.

Hon. Mathias Mpuuga who was speaking at the 125th anniversary of Our Lady Queen of Virgins Parish of Kampala Archdiocese reflected on the achievements of the Ugandan Parish and said that there are many lessons the government can learn from the Catholic Church.

“The Church offers a virtual blackboard for those who want to learn,” Hon. Mpuuga was quoted as saying in a Tuesday, August 23 report.

He explained, “When you look at what Kisubi parish has achieved over the 125 years and compare it with the journey Uganda has walked in its 60 years of independence, you will agree with me that there is a lot for Uganda to learn from the Catholic Church.” 

The member of the party of the National Unity Platform (NUP) added, “I have been reflecting on the story of Uganda at 60; it is one tainted with acts of gross human rights violations; torture, killings and forcing political opponents into exile.”


Hon. Mpuuga faulted the government for the attempts to side-line religious leaders from the East African country from getting involved in partisan politics.

Turning his attention to the issue of elections in the country, the leader of the largest political party in Uganda’s parliament that is not in government called for concerted efforts to end electoral violence and malpractices that are usually witnessed during general elections.

“We are also capable of having an election where opponents participate freely, without any abductions and other forms of rights violations and rigging,” Hon. Mpuuga said. 

In his homily on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of Our Lady Queen of Virgins Parish, the Local Ordinary of Kampala Archdiocese is said to have commended the country’s parliamentary leadership for fostering a harmonious co-existence despite different political affiliations. 

Archbishop Paul Ssemogerere also underlined the need to respect basic freedom, saying, “The Constitution guarantees the freedom to worship, expression and association. It is wrong for anyone to force the other to act contrary to what they believe in.”

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Silas Mwale Isenjia is a Kenyan journalist with a great zeal and interest for Catholic Church related communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics, Media and Communication from Moi University in Kenya. Silas has vast experience in the Media production industry. He currently works as a Journalist for ACI Africa.