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UJCC calls for small arms regulation

By Benon Nsubuga

Added 22nd March 2017 10:34 AM

The Uganda Joint Christian Council wants government to regulate the use of small arms to minimise killings .

UJCC calls for small arms regulation

The Uganda Joint Christian Council wants government to regulate the use of small arms to minimise killings .

Police spokesperson Andrew Felix Kaweesi was gunned down on his way to work on Friday. (File photo)

The Uganda Joint Christian Council (UJCC) wants government to regulate the use of small arms to minimise killings.

 
The call comes after the murder of police spokesperson AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi, his bodyguard and driver late last week.

All the three have since been buried as police investigations continue. A number of suspects are understood to have been arrested in connection to the Friday killings.

In the wake of that deadly episode,  the executive secretary of the Council, Rev Fr Silvester Arinaitwe says government should take the initiative to disarm all people holding guns illegally.

"Uganda has weak laws on proliferation of small arms and light weapons. Laws which fall far short of requirements of international best practices," he says.

"Likewise, Uganda does not have a clear peace policy hence, the tendency to view peace from the point of view of security and law and order instead of looking at it holistically."

Kaweesi, his bodyguard and driver where killed in the same manner as state prosecutor Joan Kagezi and several Muslim clerics. The assailants in all these murders executed thier mission using motorcycles (boda boda).

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