Clerics Condemn Brutality, Call for Unity during Elections

Pastor Samuel Lubega and other leaders condemned alleged brutalities on presidential candidates. Right is Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu a NUP Presidential Candidate

Jinja – Religious leaders from greater Jinja have condemned Security for its brutality against opposition leaders in the country including the recent harassment of legislator Robert Kyagulanyi a.ka Bobi Wine and Patrick Oboi Amuriat who are also Presidential candidates for the 2021 General elections.

“We are all deeply feeling very sad and very concerned about the brutal torture inflicted on Presidential Candidates, among others by a section of security officials during enforcement,” said Pastor Samuel Lubega of Njeru based Christian Mission Church.

The condemnation by the religious leaders comes after Uganda’s pop star-turned-politician Bobi Wine of the National Unity Platform (NUP) was violently arrested and allegedly “tortured” by police on Tuesday minutes after he registered his candidacy.

Another opposition presidential candidate, Patrick Oboi Amuriat of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), arrived shoeless and untidy to file his candidacy after being intercepted en route to party headquarters and bundled into a police van.

“Let us counter the downward spiral with renewed efforts to respect the diversity and dignity of each of our neighbors regardless of differing political sentiment’’, added Pastor Lubega.

Citing the bible verse of Philippians 2:3-4 that says ‘’Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others’’, Lubega advised the ruling government and security officials to avoid being selective in enforcing laws during and after political periods.

‘’Having a common commitment to our Christian Faith, as well as a shared love for our country, we recognize the deeply divisive nature of this election cycle and pray for the healing of our nation. Above our affiliations, we are believers in Christ’s call to be honorable citizens and peacemakers, who seek the prosperity of our nation’’, said Pr.Lubega.

Rev. Charles Bameka, the Bishop of the Lutheran Church of Uganda urged all Ugandans to come together, uniting across differences, to trust God, to be patient as they await the leader God will provide after the 2021 elections.

Bameka told reporters that Uganda has gravely splintered as they witness individuals demonizing their fellow citizens because of differing viewpoints and going to extremes to win at all costs, including undermining the dignity of those with whom they disagree.

“We call for the love of God to be sown to each other and peace to be attained through the thoughtful acceptance of differing opinions. We pray that our nation will heal from the extreme polarization we are experiencing and build a democracy that works for all Ugandans with a commitment to racial equity and justice, and fair and just access to social services for all” said Bameka.

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It should be noted that the Electoral Commission has set January 14, 2021, as the Election Day for the President. The same date was earlier announced as the polling date for Members of Parliament.

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