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Kasese Bishops Preach Against Tribalism, Violence

Speaking after the same service, Charles Wesley Mumbere, the Rwenzururu King repeated his call to government to establish an independent inquiry into the conflicts in the region. He said those involved in the criminal acts have tarnished the image of Rwenzururu Kingdom and Bakonzo as a community.
The catholic and protestant Bishops in Kasese district have used their Easter Sunday sermons to preach against the ethnic conflicts in Rwenzori region. In his sermon to Christians at Kasese Cathedral, Francis Acquironus Kibira, the Bishop of Kasese Catholic Diocese condemned tribalism, which has been blamed for fueling conflicts in the region.

 

Bishop Kibira said that although people come from different tribes, cultures and races, they share the same blood. He called for reconciliation among the warring communities so that they can stay in harmony for sustainable development. At the St. Paul's Cathedral, Bishop Jackson Thembo Nzerebende of the Anglican Diocese of South Rwenzori  called upon Ugandans to spread the gospel of peace in accordance with the national motto “For God and my Country” in order to have a stable Country.

 

 

He said this would help people to stop killing one another and live a life of integrity, repent for unfaithful acts and live together as Children of one God. The Bishop regretted the situation in Buhuhira sub-county where people have lost lives and properties and asked the family of James Mulhumbira, the Gombolola Internal Security Officer for Kyabarungira sub-county to reconcile with the community if there is to be peace.

 

 

Mulhumbira is believed to have the police officers who shot dead four people at Kasenyi trading center on March 11. He was later attacked by machete wielding men who almost hacked him to death. Bishop Nzerebende also warned leaders at all levels against inciting the public due to their hidden and selfish agendas hence disrupting peace.

 

Speaking after the same service, Charles Wesley Mumbere, the Rwenzururu King repeated his call to government to establish an independent inquiry into the conflicts in the region. He said those involved in the criminal acts have tarnished the image of Rwenzururu Kingdom and Bakonzo as a community.

 

 

At least eight people including a policeman have been killed in clashes between civilians and police in Kasese district following the disputed Hima Town council LC 3 elections.

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