Church wants leaders to uphold the Constitution

Article 71 of the 1995 Constitution provides inter alia that internal organisation of the political party shall conform to the democratic principles enshrined in the Constitution.

Sunday August 29 2010

We must seriously look to our record on protection of civil and political rights here in our country. We should understand that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

Although there are a number of electoral reforms in place, people are still skeptical on the state commitment to enforcing the electoral laws equally and fairly without discrimination. As we move towards general elections we should not be advocates of violence, hatred, subversion or terrorism but of sustainable peace and reconciliation, free and fair elections.

In conclusion, the rulers and the ruled must have a commitment to protect the Constitution. It is, therefore, very, important that the people of Uganda are closely involved in the process to improve our electoral system so that we all can regard the system as our own and be ready to defend and protect it.

We, the Catholic Bishops of Uganda, would like to reaffirm the Catholic Church’s commitment to work with all peace loving Ugandans in the struggle to pursue a clean and clear path towards sustainable, democratic free and fair elections in our country.

We need to identify a common ground for a common good. By acknowledging our differences we can find common ground on which together we can work for democratic changes and participation. Only when we perceive human dignity as the foundation of all human existence can we fully understand the need to struggle for a common good.

As we move towards national unity is paramount and must override all other interests. We would like to see an open, free, peaceful and democratic electoral process where all people and most especially leaders reach out with one message of unity, justice, peace and reconciliation.

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