“Uganda has a problem. We have hatred and there is lack of God’s grace in us. In Parliament, there is no grace. When they are talking you see hatred, in the media, there is hatred fabricating things to destroy others,” Gen. Kayihura said.
PIC: Eliasaph Sserwada who was installed as senior lay reader of All Saints Kangeganyegye thanking Gen Kale Kayihura for his great work. Photo by Abdulkarim Ssengendo
The Inspector General of Police (IPG) Gen. Kale Kayihura has pardoned all those who spoke ill of him and those who were plotting against him.
Kayihura also urged the Church and other religious institutions leaders to take up the challenge and bring love and God's grace to people which he said was lacking among some Ugandans.
"Uganda has a problem. We have hatred and there is lack of God's grace in us. In Parliament, there is no grace. When they are talking you see hatred, in the media, there is hatred fabricating things to destroy others," Gen. Kayihura said.
He added: "The foundation of NRA was built on love and God's grace, forgiving those who could even kill you given a chance. I don't hate anyone. Those who speak ill of me and those who were plotting to harm me, I have forgiven them like Jesus said father, forgive them; for they know not what they do."
Gen. Kayihura made the comments on Saturday when he was the chief guest at the installation of Eliasaph Sserwada as a senior lay reader of All Saint's Kanyeganyegye Church of Uganda in Kashari, Mbarara district. Sserwada is the father of Maj. Edith Nakalema, President Yoweri Museven's private secretary.
Kayihura also insisted that the Forum for Democratic Change former presidential candidate, Dr.Kizza Besigye must follow the law, warning that if he continues defying the law, the Police will handle him accordingly.
"Besigye must follow the law, and if he doesn't, he knows what follows.
"Those things of putting people on must end. If you are a political leader you go in an election, but those things of intimidation; no. no," Kayihura said.
He assured the people of Kashari that peace was prevailing in all parts of the country, including Karamoja where government recovered over 40,000 guns from people. He challenged them that now that Uganda is on a solid foundation, they should use the advantage to develop themselves.
He congratulated Eliasaph Sserwada upon being installed the senior lay reader and promised to work with him and start income-generating projects like goats rearing to develop the community of that area. He pledged to give the church over sh5m budgeted to buy music instruments for the church.
Kayihura commended Maj. Nakalema for being a disciplined and patriotic officer and urged other Ugandans to emulate her character. "She is still young, but a very tough and no nonsense officer. She has a strong personality and she is doing this because she has high level of discipline and loves her country," Kayihura added.
In his speech, Sserwada thanked Gen. Kayihura for helping his daughter (Nakalema) to join the army saying this was the foundation to rise to the current position.
Rev. Bobs Mwesigye, the Archdeacon of All Saints Church Mbarara, urged Christians to give their lives back to God and Bishop Lenard Sserwada ,South Buganda diocese Pentecostal church also urged the youth to get back to church.
Safari, the mayor for Sanga town council and other speakers at the function thanked IGP for protecting Ugandans and their property and for improving the Police but told him to improve customer care of the Police at lower level.
Robert Kakyebezi, the mayor Mbarara Municipality, urged Ugandans to focus their minds on development, while Rosette Kajungu Mutambi, the Woman MP-Mbarara district, encouraged parents to educate their girl children and instil discipline in boys.