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UJCC starts campaign against gun violence

By Jeff Andrew Lule

Added 23rd March 2017 10:49 AM

Addressing journalist at their offices in Nsambya, Kampala, the UJCC executive secretary, Rev. Fr. Silvester Arinaitwe said something needs to be done to curb the problem.

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(L-R) Deputy Executive Secretary Uganda Joint Christian Council Godfrey Amanyire, Executive Secretary UJCC Silvester Arinaitwe Rwomukubwe with the Deputy Executive Secretary Programmes UJCC Gider Gladys Nalubega addressing journalists during the Stop gun violence campaign at UJCC offices in Nsambya on March 21 2017. Photo by Godiver Asege

Addressing journalist at their offices in Nsambya, Kampala, the UJCC executive secretary, Rev. Fr. Silvester Arinaitwe said something needs to be done to curb the problem.

The Uganda Joint Christian Council (UJCC), has started a new campaign against gun violence.

The religious leaders subscribing to organization, raised concern over the continued gun killings in the country, with the latest being the late Assistant Inspector General Police (AIGP), Andrew Felix Kaweesi, his body guard, Kenneth Erau and the driver, Geoffrey Wamewo.

Addressing journalist at their offices in Nsambya, Kampala, the UJCC executive secretary, Rev. Fr. Silvester Arinaitwe said something needs to be done to curb the problem.

He said they are launching a new campaign; "Stop gun violence. Give us improved laws and regulations to prevent guns from flooding our communities," to raise awareness among the public and push for better laws on gun usage.

UJCC is composed of Church of Uganda, Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church.

"Many high profile people continue to be killed by these guns and no suspect has been arrested. Ugandans want to know who killed Kaweesi and the other two police officers. We want these perpetrators of this cowardly act brought to justice," Arinaitwe noted.

Kaweesi ,43, was heartlessly killed alongside his body guard and driver by unknown assailants moving on boda bodas (motorcycles), a short distance away from his home, as he left for his home in Kulambiro, in Nakawa division, Kampala for work on Friday (March 17).

This comes barely four months since Maj Sheikh Mohammed Kiggundu, was murdered in the same way.

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