12 November 2006

Rwanda: Minister Applauds Religious Leaders

Kigali — Minister of Local government, Good Governance and Social Welfare, Protais Musoni has applauded the Church leaders in the Great Lakes region and in the country for upholding the principle good governance and make it a core of the Church programmes.

"There is nothing we can think of today greater than forging the unity of the Church and the state," Musoni said, adding that cooperation of the Church and governments was very crucial if we are to correct past mistakes and achieve sustainable development.

The minister was recently addressing Church leaders during a two-day conference at Hotel Alpha Palace in Kicukiro District of Kigali City. The conference that attracted delegates from the region was organized by the Central African Deliverance Ministries(CEDM). It aimed at putting in place strategies and a framework towards the hamonization of the Church and the State in the pursuit of peace, reconciliation and good governance among others.

The minister told the spiritual leaders from that Rwanda's humongous achievements, especialy in the area of leadership have been due to good governance.

"At least every Rwandan above the age of twelve knows the impact of bad governance; Rwanda promotes good governance and success in achieving it depends on every citizen," Musoni added

He challenged the clerics to use their time well while the chance prevails, adding that, they might die without leaving any positive contribution for the posterity on record.

"There is a time you were not born, then, there is a reason why you are here today that should compel you to think seriously as custodians of the future," he added.

The delegates resolved that the CADM should have yearly meetings with their respective governments to review how best they can inculcate and sensistive the masses on the principle of good governance. It was also resolved that the Church as a partner in development and particularly the evolution of democracy in the region will relentlessly work alongside governments to promote policies that reinforce good governance.

The President of CADM), also the host, Pastor Denis Ruhorimbere suggested that future meetings of a similar nature should involve both the state and the Church since they are both striving towards achieving a common goal, saying that they are biblical.

"We have discovered that these kind of conferences are more effective and call for both government and Church representation, since we have the same goal," Ruhorimbere said.

The conference was attended by delegates from DR Congo, Burundi and Rwanda, government officials and local leaders of Kicukiro District among others.

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