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The clashes suspected left 93 people dead, over 100 arrested and scores displaced.
Top Tooro religious leaders comprising the Catholic church, Pentecostal Churches and Anglicans led by Bishop Reuben Kisembo Amooti of Rwenzori diocese gathered at Rwenzori diocese headquarters in Fort Portal to express their disappoint as religious leaders to the cultural leaders in the region.
“As cultural leaders hailing from Tooro we strongly condemn the attacks that claimed the lives of many people and scores displaced in the districts of Kasese and Bundibugyo. We are appealing to all recognised cultural leaders to avoid instigating the subjects in attacking rival tribes leading to bloodshed but stick to their cultural roles and responsibilities they meant to perform,” warned the religious leaders.
The tough-speaking clergy also advised the cultural leaders against imposing their cultural or tribal values on other tribes noting that this has ignited the tribal clashes.
“We ask the government of Uganda to punish these unrepentant criminals who planned and participated in the recent attacks on the three districts of Kasese, Ntoroko and Bundibugyo leaving 90 people dead.”
The men of God also appealed to all peace loving people to forgive the attackers who were misled thus leading to acts of criminality.
They commended Government and all security agencies for responding quickly to contain the situation and returning sanity in the region.
“We are appealing for dialogue and peaceful conflict resolution wherever there are misunderstandings of all types. The scripture tell us that all human beings were created in the image of God. Let us learn to love all human beings irrespective of our religion, tribe, race, sex, nationality, political or ideological identity or any other different. First and foremost we are human beings and are all equally valuable before God our creator.”
The clergy cited the Constitution of Uganda chapter 4, Articles 29 clause 2 (a) which states that every Ugandan has a right to move freely through Uganda, reside and settle in any part of Uganda.
“Those, therefore who could have caused these attacks on tribal grounds should repent and desist from such a primitive and counter development practices,” said the leaders.
“In case the attackers were rebelling against the government of Uganda because they targeted and attacked the police station and the UPDF barracks in Bundibugyo, this is a bad channel to get political power. We only advise the attackers to form their political party or join existing political parties to promote their political ideologies to the electorate and wait for the 2016 general elections instead of causing bloodshed through bad channels,” the clergy cautioned.
Meanwhile, the trial of the suspected attackers started today in Rwenzori area where Court Martial boss, Gen Levi Karuhanga will camp for the next few months.
Officials said the suspects will be charged with illegal possession of firearms, attacking security installations and treason.