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Ugandans urged to shun leaders agitating for war

By Vision Reporter

Added 23rd March 2011 03:00 AM

UGANDANS have been urged to shun leaders agitating for war. The call was made by the Bishop Emeritus of Ankole Diocese, the Rt. Rev. Dr. George Tibeesigwa, at Rwemiyenje Church of Uganda on Sunday.

UGANDANS have been urged to shun leaders agitating for war. The call was made by the Bishop Emeritus of Ankole Diocese, the Rt. Rev. Dr. George Tibeesigwa, at Rwemiyenje Church of Uganda on Sunday.

By Fred Turyakira

UGANDANS have been urged to shun leaders agitating for war. The call was made by the Bishop Emeritus of Ankole Diocese, the Rt. Rev. Dr. George Tibeesigwa, at Rwemiyenje Church of Uganda on Sunday.

This was during a memorial service for the 17 civilians who were killed on March 21, 1979 during the war between former president Idi Amin and the Front for National Salvation Army (FRONASA) fighters.

He said people should not be used as shields of war by politicians who want to serve their own interests.

Tibeesigwa urged people to maintain the virtues of love, unity, cooperation and peace, which are every citizen’s responsibility.

“We all witnessed what happened here at Rugando during the 1979 war. We are hearing what is happening in the Middle East and North Africa. I pray that this doesn’t happen in Uganda,” he said. Tibeesigwa urged the Government to establish memorial sites to serve as tourist attraction centres.

Apollo Mabaati, the Ankole sub–region FRONASA veterans chairperson, also asked the government to recognize Kigaragara in Kashumba sub-county, Isingiro district where they started the war to fight soldiers of former president Idi Amin.

Col. Emmanuel Rwashande, the UPDF 2nd division officer in charge of training and operations who represented Lt. Gen. Ivan Koreta, as the guest of honour, appealed to members of the public to work together in upholding the peace and unity this country is enjoying.

They also collected over sh10m in a mini fundraising for the completion of Rwemiyenje Church of Uganda that was destroyed during the 1979 war.

Gersom Kateyamba, the construction committee chairman, said that they need over sh157m for the roofing and completion of the church. EN

Ugandans urged to shun leaders agitating for war

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