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Ugandan leader praises Church activities


Although admitting that he has had a "cold" relationship with the Catholic Church, President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda has paid tribute to the Church for improving the people's welfare.

Catholic World News reports Museveni (pictured) observed that the Church has provided micro-financing for development projects, promoted education, secured water for rural areas, and improved health care. He said that he hoped Church leaders would continue to support these activities.

However, Church leaders have often disagreed with Museveni on political issues. The Ugandan bishops have opposed a bid to amend the constitution to allow the president a new term, urging him to retire in 2006. The bishops argue that a constitutional change would slow the progress of democracy in Uganda.

Catholic bishops, together with other religious leaders, have also criticized Museveni's government for its failure to resolve the civil war in the north of the country. They argue that he could negotiate an end to the clash with the Lord's Resistance Army, but has been too eager to win a military victory.


SOURCE
Ugandan leader praises Church activities (Catholic World News 23/6/05)

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24 Jun 2005