By Taddeo Bwambale
Clerics from five religious denominations in Uganda have paid tribute to the victims of the terror attack at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya on Saturday.
The attack has left at least 62 people dead and 175 injured.
Addressing a press conference in Kampala on Wednesday, the Inter-Religious Council of Uganda said it was saddened by the attack.
“We express our heartfelt condolence to families that lost loved ones in the recent terrorist attack on Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya,” the ICRU Chairperson and head of the Orthodox Church, Archbishop Yona Lwanga said in a joint statement.
“Furthermore, we wish those who sustained injuries quick recovery.”
ICRU brings together clerics from the Roman Catholic Church, Uganda Muslim Supreme Council, Church of Uganda, Uganda Orthodox Church and the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Uganda.
Present at the briefing were the Mufti of Uganda, Sheikh Shaban Mubajje; Msgr John Baptist Kauta, the secretary of Uganda Episcopal Conference and the Archbishop of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Uganda, Pastor Dr. John Kakembo.
After four days of gunfire with militants, Kenyan troops and rescue workers are combing the wreckage of the upscale Nairobi shopping mall for bodies and explosives.
The Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the attack as retaliation for Kenya’s pursuit of the militants in Somalia.