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Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni meeting with Ted N.C. Wilson, leader of the worldwide Seventh-day Adventist Church, at his official residence in Entebbe on Feb. 16, 2018. (Prince Bahati / ECD)

After Adventist Appeal, Uganda’s President Moves to Abolish Sabbath Exams

Ted N.C. Wilson makes a personal appeal during a visit to the president’s official residence.

By Andrew McChesney,

Responding to an appeal by the Seventh-day Adventist Church president to abolish Saturday exams, Uganda’s leader announced that he would take steps to accommodate the convictions of Adventist students — and also those of Sunday-keeping Christians and Muslims.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni tweeted the announcement on Feb. 17, a day after hosting church leader Ted N.C. Wilson for an official visit-turned-Bible study at his state residence in Entebbe outside the capital, Kampala.

“I thank Pastor Wilson for visiting Uganda,” Museveni wrote on Twitter. “I commend members of the SDA community in Uganda for their discipline. We shall consider the church’s request about our education institutions not conducting examinations on Saturday.”

He added: “We shall also look at the interests of other Christian denominations that need to be freed from school examinations on Sundays and also for the Muslim community on Fridays.” 

Ugandan media interpreted Museveni’s remarks as a done deal. “President Museveni Agrees to Seventh-day Adventist Church’s Request to Cancel Saturday School Exams,” read a headline on the website of the NTV television channel.