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Bishop Condemns Brutalization of Opposition Politicians

Bishop Ssebaggala says he receives a number of telephone calls on a daily basis complaining about inhuman activities mounted against innocent people by security personnel in the district but nothing has been done by those in power despite of taking the initiative to report these concerns to them.
Bishop James William Ssebaggala

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The Mukono Diocesan Bishop James William Ssebaggala has condemned brutalization of opposition candidates and their supporters in Mukono district.

 

The Bishop has noted that the government and the electoral commission have remained silent when security agencies are manhandling those competing against the ruling party.

  

He appeals to all politicians to guard against divisive activities that have been witnessed already in the district and the country at large. He notes that the Campaigning process is marred with violence, tear gas, abduction of people, abusive language, trickery and bribes. 

  

Bishop Ssebaggala says he receives a number of telephone calls on a daily basis complaining about inhuman activities mounted against innocent people by security personnel in the district but nothing has been done by those in power despite of taking the initiative to report these concerns to them. 

  

Opposition presidential candidates including Robert Kyagulanyi for the National Unity Platform and Patrick Oboi Amuriat for the Forum for Democratic were severely tear gassed and stopped from campaigning on top of the beating and causing injuries to their supporters in the districts making up Mukono diocese. The diocese is made up of districts of Kayunga, Mukono, Buikwe and Buvuma.

  

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Illegal arrests, violence and brutalization of supporters at constituency levels within Mukono district has also been experienced in Mukono North Constituency where several people have sustained injuries.  

 

NUP supporters accuse police and other security agencies for brutalizing them. As a result, also opposition members have ended up retaliating against the NRM supporters. 

  

On Thursday this week, Tonny Zziwa the NUP coordinator in Mukono allegedly reported eleven NUP supporters missing in Mukono North county but claims that police declined to even open a missing person file. 

   

Suzan Nalubwama a resident at Mukono wonders why the government claims bringing peace in the country yet many people in Mukono are being threatened and are living under tension fearing for their lives.   “Why was elections put in place, we are almost living in a battle field, this is not elections, it is undeclared war,”  she said.

 

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Meanwhile, Bishop Ssebaggala has also suspended the baptismal sacrament mainly performed on boxing day reasoning that it may expose Christians to the deadly Covid-19 disease.  

  

"Due to COVID-19 which is at stage four with the number of patients is increasing day by day, I would advise all church ministers in Mukono Diocese not to hold on this sacrament of baptism because you may not avoid the spread of this pandemic," Bishop Ssebaggala says.      

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