IRCU Council of Presidents
British High Commissioner to Uganda Alison Blackburne (Center) meets IRCU Secretary General (Left) and Council of Presidents at IRCU
Her Excellency Ahuuna Eziakonwa-Onochie (3rd from left) and the Interfaith Steering Committee members at the UN offices in Kampala
IRCU/USAID supported health facilities and outreach camps delivered SMC services to 21,982 males in 2013
IRCU Staff: In the Middle is Secretary General Joshua Kitakule and The Rt. Rev. Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira (Bishop of Namirembe)
Promoting Peace and Justice: A group of young Turkana dancers entertain guests during celebrations to mark the signing of the Lokiriama Peace Accord on 19th September 2013 – Turkana County, Kenya.

INTER-RELIGIOUS PEACE INSTITUTE


IRCU TO PARTNER WITH NTV IN PROMOTING PEACEFUL ELECTIONS

The Inter-Religious Council of Uganda (IRCU) intends to partner with NTV in ensuring that the forthcoming general elections are peaceful and violence free.

The meeting to discuss the partnership was held today at the IRCU boardroom between IRCU staff led by the Secretary General, Mr. Joshua Kitakule, and the NTV team which included the News Manager, Mr. Maurice Mugisha, the Direct Sales Manager, Mr. Martin Aliu and Twinomujuni Emmanuel, the Accounts manager.

Between August 2015 and March 2016, IRCU intends to organize National Prayers (3rd October 2015), regional and national meetings with women and young people, peace rallies in major towns in Uganda and the presidential debate on 15th January 2015.

Mr. Kitakule said there is great need for the both organizations to work together to sensitize people to work for peace and stability before, during and after elections.

“As faith leaders and organizations, we have the gravitas to change people’s attitudes and behaviors. We believe that the world needs to know some things, and that is why we should partner with the media,” Mr. Kitakule said.

Speaking on behalf of NTV, Mr. Mugisha said a working relationship with IRCU is key because most people are scared of asking sensitive questions, and are at times intimidated; which requires the intervention of religious leaders.

“Peace and reconciliation is key and we are interested in partnering with IRCU to promote it because of their involvement in it,” Mr. Mugisha said.

This partnership has been inspired mainly by the presidential debate IRCU is organizing on the 15th of January, the first of its kind to be held in Uganda.

 

 

 

RESOLUTIONS OF SENIOR RELIGIOUS LEADERS ON OUR ROLE BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER THE 2016 ELECTIONS

PRESS RELEASE[1]

For Immediate Release: 2nd July 2015

RESOLUTIONS OF SENIOR RELIGIOUS LEADERS ON OUR ROLE BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER 2016 ELECTIONS

Under the umbrella of the Inter Religious Council of Uganda (IRCU), we, senior religious leaders, convened at the Imperial Royale Hotel, Kampala, on 25th June 2015 to discuss peace and stability as one of the core areas of our work. Supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), we discussed the role we, religious leaders, would play in ensuring peaceful 2016 general elections.

We were drawn from various parts of the country representing our respective IRCU member faith bodies namely; Church of Uganda (Anglican), Seventh-day Adventist Uganda Union, Roman Catholic Church, Uganda Muslim Supreme Council, Uganda Orthodox Church, Born Again Faith and the National Alliance of Pentecostal and Evangelical Churches of Uganda (NAPECU).

Cognizant of the important role we played before, during and after the 2011 elections, to ensure peace and stability of our country, we resolved to;

  1. Pray for our country as we move into the election season by dedicating national prayer weekends and days. We designated the week preceding Independence Day in October 2015, and the weekend before elections in 2016 as National Prayer Days for peaceful elections.
  2. Be guardians of the common good: We shall remain non-partisan, impartial and independent as we exercise our prophetic role during the election period and uphold the values embedded in our National Motto (For God and My Country).
  3. Create and strengthen impartiality and independence of our spaces for dialogue and mediation: As religious leaders we shall continue to minister and provide guidance to all people irrespective of their different identities; ethnic, gender, political, religious etc.
  4. Maintain one unshakable voice as it will strengthen our advocacy agenda, for we shall not be biased in favour of any political groups or individuals.
  5. Distance ourselves from the company of those religious leaders who have chosen the path of political partisanship. This is to avoid creating a wedge between our followers or undermining our impartiality and independence.
  6. Strongly advise faith-based leadership to limit or suspend fundraising activities in our places of worship or institutions during the election season: This has the potential to compromise our prophetic voice and undermine our impartiality and independence.

IRCU theme for 2015:  “Welcoming the Other in Love and Dialogue.”

  1. Strengthen our mutual accountability mechanism: We shall peer-review each other with a view of ensuring impartiality and independence in the electoral process.
  2. Encourage internal democracy within and among political parties: This will deepen democratic governance and foster the spirit of constitutionalism in our country.
  3. 9. Encourage the ruling party to use its incumbency to keep law and order and protect all Ugandans, irrespective of their political persuasions.
  4. 10. Appeal to the youth to desist from being used as instruments of polarized politics, because it is a mis-investment of their energy; besides, it sows the seeds of violence in the electoral process.
  5. Appeal to the women to use their nurturing instinct of motherhood to shape their role in politics and nation-building. This is in conformity to United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325, 1820.
  6. Appeal to the media to desist from sensational journalism, and create platforms for the public to engage in serious discussions for peace and stability of the nation;
  7. Urge aspiring politicians for elective positions at all levels to commit themselves to transforming Uganda from a fragmented country into a peaceful and stable nation-state where all its peoples, irrespective of their respective identities, participate and contribute to the development of the country.
  8. Uphold and promote the principles and values agreed upon during the 50th Independence Anniversary of our country on the “Uganda we want”, namely; dialogue, honesty and faithful stewardship, caring and sharing, equity, peaceful coexistence, honouring our national motto, and faith in God our Creator.
  9. Urge Government and Parliament to expedite Constitutional and Electoral reforms in the country as this has a bearing on the credibility of the electoral process.
  10. Urge every citizen to exercise their civic rights to get involved in the processes that shape a socio-political environment that is conducive for a harmonious and thriving nation.

In conclusion, we convey our heartfelt condolences to our Muslim brothers and sisters for the recent wanton murder of Sheikh Ibrahim Hassan Kirya and other sheikhs who have lost their lives in a series of unexplained killings. As the Police investigates these killings, we appeal to our Muslim brothers and sisters to remain calm. Consequently, we urge Government to expeditiously investigate these murders and bring to book all the culprits and their collaborators.

Finally, we would like to wish all our Muslim brothers and sisters a fruitful Ramadhan and blessed EID-IL-FITR.

May God Bless you all.

HIS GRACE THE MOST REV. STANLEY NTAGALI

AG. CHAIRPERSON IRCU COUNCIL OF PRESIDENTS /

ARCHBISHOP OF THE PROVINCE OF THE CHURCH OF UGANDA

IRCU theme for 2015:  “Welcoming the Other in Love and Dialogue.”



[1]Briefing Paper 1

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