The Kasese killings have dominated this year's Christmas sermons. In November, unidentified people carried out coordinated attacks on police stations in Kasese district, which claimed the lives of 16 police officers.
The attacks prompted the army to launch an offensive on the palace of Charles Wesley Mumbere, the King of Rwenururu leading to the death of 49 Royal Guards and arrest of 141 others.
The army also picked up King Mumbere and arraigned him in court together with 161 royal guards on charges of treason, murder, attempted murder and aggravated robbery.
In his Christmas sermon at Kasana Cathedral this morning, Paul Ssemwogerere, the Catholic Bishop of Luweero Diocese blamed the rampant killings in the country on the proliferation of unlicensed firearms.
He cited the shooting of Muslim clerics, aggravated robberies and murders and appealed to those involved to use the birth of Jesus Christ to surrender the firearms.
// Cue in: "ate si mundu…
Cue out;…mu bulamu bwaffe"//
On his part, Eridard Nsubuga, the Bishop of Luweero Anglican Diocese prayed for peace to prevail in Kasese district noting that insecurity retards development.
// Cue; "era tusaba n'ebitundu…
Cue out:…nga benenya"//
At St. John's Cathedral in Kabarole, Bishop Reuben Kisembo described the events in Kasese as unfortunate. He called for reconciliation between the people of Kasese and the government.
Kisembo said that the government should carry out quick investigations and those found to be innocent released. He urged relatives of those who were killed or arrested not to engage in acts of revenge, which will escalate the conflicts.
In Kasese district, Bishop Francis Kibira of Kasese Catholic Diocese also called for talks between the government and Rwenzururu Kingdom, which he said could end conflicts in the region.
Bishop Kibira said that religious leaders in the district are ready to mediate in the peace process if called upon. Kibira added that the conflict in the Rwenzori region has disrupted the way of living, affected business and caused disunity between the different ethnic groups that had for long lived together peacefully.
At Namirembe Diocese, Bishop Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira urged Christians to be dedicated to their work and respect the law of the country. He said lack of dedication to work and respect for the laws of the country has led to rampant corruption, theft, rotten education institutions and injustice in courts of law.
He also appealed to Christians to value the institution of marriage and family, saying 2017 was chosen as a year of family due to increased adultery, domestic violence and decay among youth.