Monday July 21 2014

We must all join hands in reconciliation and peace-building

I am writing to express my dismay and indeed the dismay of the general public in the Rwenzori region following the attacks that resulted in the loss of valuable lives in Kasese, Ntoroko and Bundibugyo on July 5 and 6, 2014.

As members of the civil society, we feel that every effort must be made to return the situation to normal and address the sticking points that may potentially cause unrest in the region.

Unfortunately, some media houses are inflaming the situation by publishing falsehoods calculated to putting the Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu cultural institution in bad light and to try and sway public opinion against it. It is my sincere appeal that journalists should do their work responsibly and avoid the tendency of fabricating information that may put the lives of the people in jeopardy.

The problems currently obtaining in the region shall be overcome only if we all join hands in the reconciliation and peace-building efforts. As civil society, we have already started to identify the key steps towards achieving this and we need the support and goodwill of everybody to make this possible.

The government officials tasked with receiving and analysing information regarding the attacks in the region are also requested to verify every bit of information objectively and avoid actions that may increase the vulnerability of the various ethnic groups and persons.

David Bradford Nguru, personal assistant to HM OmusingaIrema-Ngoma