- The Bishop said some are driven away as refugees while others are also killed as they strive to seek safe haven in other places, calling for government intervention to provide safer environment in order for all people to live in unity
- Northern Uganda and other parts of the world like South Sudan have been faced with wars in the recent past due to political disagreements
By Orachwun Ronald
Nebbi/ Lira- The newly installed Bishop of Lira Catholic diocese Rt Rev Sanctus Lino Wanok has strongly condemned the use of excessive violence and has called for an end of armed rebellions which are currently undermining the respect for humanity.
Bishop Wanok says armed rebellions, corruption and negative climate changes across the world are all humanitarian crises that are negatively deforming the face of humanity as the local people are compromised of service delivery.
Wanok was appointed the fourth Bishop of Lira Diocese last year by Pope Francis, leaving the office of the Nebbi Catholic Diocese bishop vacant. He replaces Rt Rev Joseph Franzeli of Lira diocese who retired.
Wanok was appointed the third Bishop of Nebbi Catholic Diocese on February 8th, 2011 by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, taking over from Bishop Martin Luluga who retired.
Bishop Lino Wanok says the local people are constantly paying taxes to their home governments but little or less services are provided to the local populace.
“The question of crisis among humanity, endemic corruption all over the world, our world powers are warming up against each other trying to show up their military strength, this is useless. People are also worshipping money but have forgotten the central tenet of humanity that is an individual who needs services from leaders, this is causing world crises in the world today.”
He says God’s design from creation for humanity was love, mercy and hard work such that people can live longer and be with Him alone and for the leaders to serve and fulfil the needs of the people that they lead.
Bishop Wanok however says mankind has deviated or drifted away from God’s purpose for His people, leading to the current world humanitarian crises being witnessed today.
“God’s design has been clear from creation. God is love. God is Mercy and a hard worker and people should follow His steps, because many people are being exploited. We shall not have peace if people don’t come to God,” he added.
Meanwhile the state minister for Northern Uganda Grace Freedom Kwiocwiny reiterates government’s position in addressing the above humanitarian crises in the country.
She says government is committed to addressing poverty through different government projects among others; the Operation Wealth Creation OWC and Uganda Women Entrepreneurship Program UWEP including sensitisation of the population to plant more trees in a bid to curb adverse effects of climatic change that can impact negatively on human lives.
She says government is also strongly committed to fighting the corruption scourge, which has continued to bite hard in the country.
She however hastens to add that despite government strong zeal to fight the scourge, the effort is being frustrated by selfish individuals in government.