Since the enactment of the 1995 Uganda Constitution we have witnessed several incidents that have brought into question the relationship between the state and cultural institutions as well as the state and religious institutions. Recalling our history, which has been characterised by political and constitutional instability, there is need for politics, culture and religion to co-exist.
I acknowledge and appreciate that every region of Uganda has a cultural tradition handed down from past generations that must be preserved. As a matter of fact, a cultural leader acts as a focus for regional identity, unity and pride; giving a sense of stability and continuity; officially recognizing success and excellence; and in some cases supporting the idea of voluntary and community service.
On the other hand, the prophetic dimension of religious leaders demands that their voice be heard. God Almighty has appointed the charge of the human race to two powers: the religious institutions and the state. The religious institutions like Churches have a duty to form people’s consciences.
My government will be committed to support religious institutions like Churches not just to fulfill their duties and also defend them against their enemies. The state must recognize that it’s bound by the laws of God. Civil rulers have a duty to remember that God is the authority above them and that He rules over everybody on earth and in Heaven (Romans 13.1). It’s no wonder that Uganda’s motto is ‘’For God and My Country’’; a motto depicting a country founded and routed in God’s Principles.
My government therefore seeks to ensure that religious and cultural institutions undertake their mandates without interference from the state. In addition the inter religious council and all recognized cultural institutions should play a key advisory role embodied in the national constitution.