President Yoweri Museveni on Sunday joined parishioners of St Luke Kinoni Church of Uganda, to commemorate 70 years since he was baptised Speaking at the end of the church service, President Museveni informed the congregation that the reason he was interested in commemorating this day was so that he would share his history, especially with the youth.
“My mother was the pioneer in joining the church, at time when our family was predominantly aligned to traditional beliefs. By this act of Baptism, my mother and father were pioneering in Christianity, as we were leaving traditional religion," he said.
President Museveni was baptised at St Luke Kinoni Church of Uganda, Rwampara , Mbarara District, on August 3, 1947.
He was baptised by the late Rev Eric Sabiti who was later to become the first archbishop of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Boga Zaire.
"Secondly, I have come to re-energise and emphasise the fact that the Church and other religious institutions build a person's character. Religious instruction enables you to navigate through life. To know what is evil and what is right, what is good and what is bad.
Societies that have abandoned religion, have not fared well," he added. Mr Museveni called upon the youth to take religion seriously. He reiterated that the foundation he got from church "at and after baptism has played a big role in what I have been able to do later in life, including being President."
He thanked God for enabling him live long to celebrate 70 years of baptism.