Kampala—27, August 2020: President Museveni has Thursday declared Saturday, 29 2020 a public holiday, urging everyone to pray to the Lord to rescue Uganda from the deadly Covid-19 pandemic.
Mr Museveni, in his Thursday communication via his official Facebook and Twitter pages, said thus: “Acertain Ugandan came to me and told me God had told him in a vision that I should organise National Prayers, scientifically organised, for God to deliver us from COVID-19.”
“Therefore, by powers given to the President of Uganda by Section 2 (2) of the Public Holidays Act, I declare the 29th of August 2020, a day of National Players and a Public Holiday. Stay in your houses or compounds and pray,” he added.
The President said he has invited few religious leaders to Entebbe State House and pray together with Janet and himself when the rest of Ugandans are watching on TV or listening on Radios.
“I appealed to all Ugandans to join this massive act of supplication “Mushabe, murazoora”, I remember from our priests at Kyamate in 1950s.”
“This is in the Book of Mathew chapter 7 verse 7. In the English it says: “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”
Few hours after Museveni’s declaration, his Personal Press Secretary, Mr Don Wanyama, issued the day’s theme.
“About the National Prayers this Saturday, which starts at midday, the theme is, “Thus far has the LORD helped us.” 1 Samuel 7:12.
He added: “Service leader is: Pr. Dr. Daniel Matte, president Seventh-day Adventist Uganda Union. The preacher is: Bishop Joshua Lwere.”
“The Co-Celebrants are: Sheikh Ramadhan Mubaje, Eminence Metropolitan Jonah Lwanga, Grace Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, His Grace Dr. Stephen Kaziimba Mugalu, Apostle Dr. Joseph Serwadda.”
“It will be a public holiday as declared by His Excellency the President. Celebration to be aired on TV and radio,” he concluded.