Saturday August 30 2014

Forgive past mistakes, promote unity

By Pastor Sande Serunjogi Victor

I would like to react to the sentiments of my beloved President which appeared in the Daily Monitor of July 2 about former president Idi Amin referring to him as an idiot. This is not welcome in our generation where we are talking of patriotism.

I have read about former leaders and surely there are many bad things or mistakes they committed. However, we shall always admit that these were presidents of our great country.

I have read several historical books and I have discovered one thing. There is no country that has no troubled past. But most countries have learnt to forgive and learn from their history.
Some past leaders that wished their countries cohesion and wanted to see the future generations move forward told the younger generations to forgive past sins. For instance, when you see the relationship between the US and UK, you may think they have always been friendly. But they once fought each other in 1814.

Nelson Mandela on many occasions was asked to retaliate to the family of President Hendrik Verwoerd who was the architect of apartheid but he always discouraged his colleagues from retaliating. And he instead visited the Hendrik Family and catered for his wife.

After winning the battle between the north and the south, most of President Abraham Lincoln’s colleagues wanted him to punish the southerners, but he told them that the country cannot grow through retaliations but in burying the past and moving forward.

In his speech at his inauguration in 1864 he said, “With malice towards none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.”
This statement is cherished in many parts of the US.

Former presidents belonged to certain tribes and those tribes will always cherish their sons. Words like Idiot and many others do not reflect well on a President who suports unity.

Pastor Sande Serunjogi Victor,