Tuesday December 25 2012

Nebanda death: Church calls for further inquiry

The Archbishop of Kampala Archdiocese, His Grace Cyprian Lwanga Kizito, speaks to journalists in Rubaga

The Archbishop of Kampala Archdiocese, His Grace Cyprian Lwanga Kizito, speaks to journalists in Rubaga yesterday. PHOTO BY FAISWAL KASIRYE. 

By Mercy Nalugo

Kampala

The Archbishop of Kampala Archdiocese, His Grace Cyprian Lwanga Kizito, has called for further investigations into the cause of Butaleja Woman MP Cerina Nebanda’s death.

“We are hearing a lot about the murder of the MP. Where is the truth?...,” Dr Lwanga asked at his residence in Rubaga yesterday. He was responding to questions from journalists on the Church’s position on the current besieging of some MPs homes following Nebanda’s death.

Dr Lwanga said the government must handle the matter cautiously and address it “squarely” to enable Ugandans celebrate the Christmas in a peaceful environment.

In his Christmas message, Dr Lwanga condemned murder. “The recent drama in America has reminded us of this horrific reality, especially when it aims at killing defenseless people. We are aware of the powers of evil spreading among us.” He added: “Why should it be like that? We should never be accomplices of such evils. We should denounce the murderers and bring them to legal justice.”

Recently, 20 children and six adults were shot dead inside an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut in US. “I call upon each one of us to see it that this comes to an end. Remember what the Lord said, do not kill (Exodus 20:13).God hates the hands that shed innocent blood,” Dr Lwanga said.

The archbishop also warned against the increasing HIV/Aids rate and denounced homosexuality. He condemned corruption and its heightened intolerance in the country. “All these challenges call for reconciliation and justice in order to achieve real peace in our country,” the Archbishop said.

MPs Mohammed Nsereko [Kampala Central] and Theodore Ssekikubo [Lwemiyaga] had their homes surrounded by security personnel yesterday. The two were accused of inciting violence during Nebanda’s burial on Sunday.

The President’s condolence message was torn to pieces and government officials forced to flee for safety after their cars were pelted with stones and crude missiles. The Speaker of Parliament, Ms Rebecca Kadaga, dismissed a report by government linking Nebanda’s death to use of drugs and alcohol and called for fresh investigations.

mnalugo@ug.nationmedia.com

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