Prime Minister, Eduard Ngirente has reminded all Faith Based Organisations operating in the country to play their role in supporting government programmes that aim to improve citizens’welfare.
He said a good Christian should be healthy, adding that the churches should encourage their followers to embrace the initiatives such as modern farming, saving culture, working with financial institutions, and creating more jobs especially among youth who are the future of the country.
Among other programmes include proper settlements, taking children to schools, subscribe for health insurance, embrace hygiene at homes as well as at the places where they pray from, and protect infrastructures.
Ngirente was speaking during the ceremony to enthrone new Archbishop of the Province of the Anglican Church of Rwanda, Dr Laurent Mbanda replacing Archbishop Onesphore Rwaje, who retires at 65 years.
Taking place on Sunday at Kigali Independent University (ULK) stadium in Gisozi, the ceremony was attended by top government officials, top leaders of the Anglican Communion from all continents, and all Anglican Dioceses countrywide among other guests.
In his remarks, PM commented on the role of churches in the move of the country to achieve its millennium goals.
He thanked Anglican Church for initiating various projects and programmes that benefit the community such as the establishment of hospitals and health centers, schools like Muhabura and Hanika Polytechnics, among others.
Among his priorities, the incoming Archbishop, Mbanda, targets to establish Anglican Church University not later than 2019, build the capacity of pastors, renovate the pastors’ school located in Kabuga, strengthen evangelisation in the church, support youth, establish nursery schools everywhere Anglican churches operate, and keep on initiating projects that benefit Christians to avoid poverty.
The retired Rwaje promised Mbanda to pray for him so that he accomplishes his duties exceptionally.
He also thanked the church’s leaders who helped him successfully discharge his duties of ensuring a community that is transformed both spiritually and economically.