EDITORâ€”I have read with dismay, letters and articles in the press, in which various people have sternly attacked and, often insulted the head of the Roman Catholic Church in Uganda, Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga.
This was over the message he delivered at Rubaga Cathedral on Easter Sunday. The archbishop is accused of delivering a â€˜political homily,â€™ in which he is alleged to have called for a federal status for Buganda.
The prelate is also alleged to have complained of a sustained vendetta against Buganda and the Baganda. I attended the Mass and I must say that the archbishop is being quoted out of context, which is also why he is being wrongly accused.
In the first place, he never said anything about Buganda and â€˜federo,â€™ in his homily. He only highlighted the need for a â€œconcordat (agreement),â€ between Buganda and
Uganda, to resolve peacefully the long-standing unanswered questions, which are the cause of the current misunderstandings, bickering and disharmony. Such issues that require Ugandans to sit on a round table include the issue of â€˜federoâ€™.
Lwanga called for a debate on all the pertinent issues in the country, in his capacity as a religious leader and patriotic Ugandan, who values peace and development. It is therefore irresponsible for anybody to attack him without contextualising his message.
We, the genuine peace-loving Ugandans, request Archbishop Lwanga, to publish his speech in a credible newspaper like The New Vision, so that all people can read and internalise it, in its right context, without any prejudice. This will help us to start a meaningful and informed national debate, which will enable us attain national unity and stability.
The unanswered questions, which the archbishop talks about, can only be resolved through dialogue, not by intimidation and threats. Uganda is for all of us and we can live in it in peacefully, united in our diversity.