The Ibanda Municipality legislator, Tarsis Rwaburindore has challenged religious leaders to start including issues of development in their teachings to the masses.
He says that issues relating to economic development and household income are critical in improving the wellbeing of Christians rather than only the Biblical phrases that are regurgitated by clerics.
“Religious leaders, be it Anglican, Catholic, Muslim and the other faiths, we view them as leaders who reach a good number of people more than even us the politicians. So, in addition to preaching the Gospel, we encourage them to also preach household income,” the MP said.
Rwaburindore disclosed this over the weekend while launching his campaign of ‘Preaching development in churches among Christians’ at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Northwest Ankole diocese, Ibanda district.
According to the MP, the campaign is aimed at boosting incomes in at the household level which will subsequently result into economic development at the district level and the nation at large.
He revealed that the government has embarked on numerous developmental projects and that it is important that this message trickles down to the grass root level using clerics as the coduits.
“As MPs, government asks us to lead the struggle of educating people about development,” said Rwaburindore.
While advancing the same campaign, the legislator appealed to religious leaders to set up demonstration sites for income generating activities on their different places of worship, to educate the masses.
Rwaburindore, a retired financial accountant with the Ministry of Defense took the Ibanda Municipality MP seat last year in July and is also a proprietor of Beta ranches in Mubende.
Rt Rev Bishop Amos Magezi of Northwest Ankole diocese commended the legislator for his timely message to Christians in the new year.
“Such words are most important words so I request you to pick interest so as to develop our families, churches and our country,” Bishop Magezi told the congregation.