The Vice Chancellor of Uganda Christian University (UCU), the Rev Canon Dr John Senyonyi, has said the institution will not tolerate sex before marriage and asked Ugandans to shun the practice.
“If you come to UCU, I have very many pregnant ladies but they are there because they are married. The issue with those we expel is because they are sexually immoral and cannot be allowed,” Dr Senyonyi said yesterday at the Namugongo Anglican Shrine during Martyrs Day celebrations. He was the main preacher at the event.
UCU has on several occasions suspended unmarried students found to be pregnant.
Early this year, the university expelled 26 unmarried girls from its Kabale affiliate college.
Dr Senyonyi also scoffed at people in the Church for accepting that the practice [expulsion] is ungodly.
“Even if people say a lot of things about me and the university, I will stand for what is true. We can never tolerate sexual immorality. I will say the truth and when I die, don’t waste your words that R.I.P because I have Jesus in my heart and the world cannot take that away,” he said.
While President Museveni was at the Catholic shrine, there was no government official designated to speak at the Anglican Shrine. The Minister of Disaster Preparedness, Mr Musa Echweru, was at the shrine but in private capacity. The Kabaka of Buganda Ronald Mutebi II, who was supposed to be the chief guest at the celebration, sent an emissary in the Kyadondo chief Francis Mugumya Ntambaazi.
Rt Rev Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira, the Bishop of Namirembe Diocese said the President had given Shs100 million to support the construction of a museum at the shrines.
The diocese organised this year’s celebrations. He lauded the President who he said had fulfilled his Shs100 million pledge last year. The Archbishop of Uganda, Stanley Ntagali, urged Christians to contribute more towards the developments at the site.
Retired Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, the Rt Rev Livingstone Mpalanyi Nkoyoyo, condemned the encroachers on the Namugongo Martyrs shrine land but thanked Namirembe diocese for recovering some of it.
Towards the end of the ceremony, many people scrambled for water which is believed to come with blessings. They queued with jerry cans and bottles and police was compelled to use force on some of them to prevent a stampede.
Mr Sam Omalla, the Kampala North Police operations commander, who kept vigil at the shrines, said the celebrations had been peaceful with no crime committed.