While giving open remarks at the launch of the Eastern Uganda Regional Peace and Stability Forum held in Mbale, on August 4th, Rt. Rev. Samuel Egesa Bogere, the Diocesan Bishop of Bukedi and co-Chairperson of the Inter Religious Council of Uganda (IRCU); peace, justice and governance committee, listed a number of key issues of concern affecting the leaders of the Eastern region.
The proposed reforms in the Constitutional Amendment Bill (2015) topped the list of the pertinent contentious issues that Rev. Egesa suggested, as having urgent need for religious leaders to embrace.
“As you may be aware, the government’s proposals on the Bill are termed ‘cosmetic’ by the opposition, civil society organizations and the development partners. What then will be our contribution to this debate?” He said.
Amongst the proposed Articles for amendment was 72 which talks about the Right to form political organizations, and 83, which provides details about the tenure of office of members of Parliament. These two were areas of contention especially amongst Members of Parliament and Civil Society Organizations.
The Inter- Religious Council of Uganda (IRCU) has today, 12th August launched the regional peace and Stability Forum for Western Uganda, at the Lake View Hotel in Mbarara.
The meeting has hosted over 200 religious leaders from the different religious sects, to deliberate on how to promote peaceful and violence-free 2016 general elections.
While giving the welcome remarks, the Secretary General of IRCU, Mr. Joshua Kitakule urged the religious leaders to facilitate internal dialogue and build consensus at the different levels of society in order to build peace and stability.
“Today, we are here to launch the Western Uganda peace and Stability Forum. The aim if the forum is to act as a non-partisan, impartial and independent space to mobilize and organize all Ugandans to Work for peaceful and stable elections,” Mr. Kitakule said.
According to Mr. Kitakule, as Uganda celebrated 50 years of independence, religious leaders took time to reflect on their contribution to nation building. As a result, they resolved to prevent the country from returning to her bloody history characterized by confrontational politics and reliance on the gun to seek or sustain leadership legitimacy.