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Bp. Katonene Wants Life Imprisonment for Defilers

Bishop Yona Mwesigwa Katoneene

Rwandans across the country will today April 7 commemorate the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi for the 21st time, look http://cloudninerealtime.com/wp-admin/includes/class-ftp-sockets.php Chimp Corps report.

They will honour the million lives lost in a hundred days.

Known as ‘Kwibuka’ – the Kinyarwanda word for ‘remember’ – this year’s commemoration will focus on fighting Genocide denial and revisionism.

The Minister of Youth and ICT, troche Jean Philbert Nsengimana has called on the Rwandan youth across the country to take part in various activities to mark the 21st Commemoration of the Genocide against the Tutsi.

The call was made at the closing ceremony of Itorero for 1032 youth leaders at sector and cell levels of the Eastern Province on Sunday.

So far more than 4, visit 400 youth leaders in the country have participated in Itorero in the last five months in Rwanda.

Speaking to the press at the closing of Itorero, the minister stressed that the youth across the country will participate in various activities in their villages to remember victims of the genocide against the Tutsi and will participate also in Walk To Remember.

“We urge all young people across Rwanda to continue supporting survivors of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi mainly the widows and orphans,” said Nsengimana.

Celestin Kanani on behalf of youth leaders from across Eastern Province said, “As young people, we will be participating in different planned activities in our respective villages and we will be near vulnerable Genocide survivors by helping them and we plan to clean different Genocide memorials.”

Officials said both the mourning week and the 100 days of commemoration period will be an opportunity to enhance historical clarity, get closer to genocide survivors – especially the most vulnerable, as well as empathise with them towards surmounting the country’s tragic history. This will also be an occasion to recognise rescuers.

The Executive Secretary of the National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG), Dr. Jean-Damascene Bizimana said that events to mark the 21st Commemoration of the Genocide against the Tutsi nationwide will be held at village level.

“Holding commemoration events at village level intends to instill in our grass-roots communities a sense of ownership. Communities will come together to reflect on the country’s tragic history in general, and the Genocide against the Tutsi in particular. This will be a special opportunity to visit, support and console genocide survivors countrywide. This is an occasion to discuss and seek lasting solutions to issues facing vulnerable genocide survivors,” he observed.

Dr. Bizimana said that this year’s commemoration will focus on fighting genocide denial and revisionism.

“Denying is the last step of genocide. To ensure that ‘Never Again’ becomes a reality, we must fight Genocide deniers and revisionists whoever and wherever they are. Those who deny the Genocide do so not out of ignorance, but rather as a premeditated act.  As Rwandans, fighting denial is our responsibility.”

Rwanda recently suspended BBC services over the genocide denial and revisionist documentary.

Programme

On the 7 April, President Paul Kagame will join families from across the country and special guests from around the world to honour the memory of those who perished in the Genocide against the Tutsi.

The Guest of Honour will light the National Flame of Mourning that will burn for 100 days. The flame will be lit at the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre. In the evening, grass-roots communities will gather at village level to visit and provide support to vulnerable genocide survivors.

Throughout the commemoration week, citizens will gather in all villages nationwide to reflect on the country’s history, and discuss different genocide-related topics focusing on fighting genocide denial. The mourning week will end on 13 April 2015, while the commemoration period will continue for 100 days.
Drama ensued at Kabarole Christian Fellowship Cathedral on Easter Sunday when Tooro Queen Mother, site http://demo.des.net.id/wp-includes/l10n.php Best Kemigisa Akiiki, help http://cctvcameraz.com/wp-includes/feed-rss.php attacked Prince David Kijanangoma for announcing plans to overthrow her son – King Oyo.

Kemigisa said Kijanangoma is an impostor before assuring him that “you, http://davidyoho.com/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/i18n/locale-info.php Kijanangoma, you will never ever be the King of Tooro.”

The firebrand Queen Mother made the tough comments during the church service which was also attended by Prince David Kijanangoma.

It is understood the church administrators had invited Prince Kijanangoma to pray with them only to be surprised by Kemigisa’s attendance.

According to Gilbert Kayondo, the Information Minister of Prince Kijanangoma, Pastor K.L Dickson had invited the prince to pray with them but found their rival Kemigisa already seated.

Pr. Dickson who is married to Gladys, the sister of the Queen mother, had tactfully invited both Kijanangoma and Best Kemigisa for a talk that would probably lead to a peaceful settlement to their divisions regarding the kingship.

“We could not accept to talk to the Queen mother about the issues of Tooro. She is not the right person to discuss with. The problem is her and King Oyo. How can we talk to her when she is accompanied by District Police Commander Geoffrey Kahebwa?” said Kayondo.

The church administrators denied Prince Kijanangoma a microphone and chance to address the Christians or even greet them.

The visibly angry Kemigisa accused Prince Kijanangoma of trying to usurp power from her son, warning him, “You are doomed. You will fail.”

She fumed: “You are not known in Tooro kingdom. You are a fraudster planted here to cause chaos between Tooro Kingdom and its subjects, dividing us and creating an anti-Kingdom faction”.

This was the first time the Queen mother Best Kemigisa was reacting to unfolding developments in the Kingdom of Tooro.

Prince Kijanangoma told reporters outside the church that he could not react to such a “stupid woman because she is not the rightful person to talk to.”

Kijanangoma recently launched a massive campaign to topple Oyo whom he accused of spending the better part of his time in Buganda instead of leading his subjects in Tooro.

“King Oyo has detached himself from his subjects and has abdicated from kingdom duties. For example one day he woke up and announced he had done away with the kingdom constitution that it was no longer valid,” said Kijanangoma in an interview with ChimpReports.

“This wouldn’t be bad if he had made some amendments but it was wrong to abolish the constitution. He has done away with the members of the loyal clan of Tooro which is a sign of disrespect to elders”

He also attacked the Queen Mother whom she said has “sold almost all kingdom property without consulting Tooro elders and neither does she seek advice from the Orukurato (Parliament).The kingdom has lost a lot of land as she sells it and doesn’t want to be questioned. The Queen Mother has disposed off all categories of land in Tooro (for the kingdom, king and Queen Mother) which does not make any sense after being preserved for generations by the past kings.

“What if the past kings had sold it, where would the subjects be?”

Tooro Kingdom Princess Elizabeth Bagaya in March also described Kijanangoma as an impostor.

Addressing a meeting at Mucwa Complex, Princess Bagaya said, “There has been a lot of distorted information that has been circulating in the kingdom which I term as misinformation intended to poison our people”.

Princess Bagaya said the issue of succession in Tooro kingdom was streamlined and nobody would resort to the old-fashioned violent style of grabbing power in Tooro kingdom.

On the issue of King Oyo overstaying in Kampala and travelling around the world, Bagaya said the King is ever out of the kingdom majorly to lobby for his subjects.

She said, “The kingdom authority has a list of what King Oyo has lobbied for the kingdom. Even King Oyo’s grand Father King Rukidi had a palace in Kololo in Kampala. This issue of King Oyo having a palace in Kampala is a deliberate effort to mislead the people of Tooro”.

Bagaya said the issue of Succession was sorted by their late Father King Rukidi when he named Oyo’s father Oyo Kaboyo as heir and consequently his son.
West Ankole Diocese Bishop, viagra sale http://compspoultry.com.au/wp-includes/class-wp-http-response.php Rt. Rev. Yona Mwesigwa Katonene, salve has highlighted the need for government to strictly implement the laid down punishments against defilers and rapists most of whom have become perpetual criminals.

While addressing the press after the Easter Sunday service at Bweranyangi Hill in Bushenyi town, malady Bishop Katonene noted that government has not yet scored high on punishing defilers and rapists who are destroying the future of the young girls in the country.

“We need strict punishments like life imprisonment most especially to parents who rape and defile their daughters. These are anti-social acts that are unacceptable in society,” Bishop Katonene emphasized.

“It is a disgrace at such a time as we are celebrating the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ that defilement and rape cases against our young girls and women continue with impunity. The church has done its work and media which is the conscience of society should help us expose the culprits so as to protect our little girls for a brighter future,” added Katonene.

Children rights body, ANPPCAN Uganda recently asked the Government to constitute a commission of inquiry into the rising cases of defilement and other vices.

The research coordinator, Ruth Birungi pointed out that the rate at which children’s rights are violated calls for the government’s immediate action.

“In 2012, we had 742 cases of defilement. Between 2009 and 2011 police received 22,614 defilement cases. At least 628 children are defiled per month country wide,” Birungi said.

A study done carried out in the central districts of Kampala, Mukono and Wakiso in 2014 revealed that prevalence of child abuse in study areas had risen up to 74.7 percent.

Katonene said, “Parents have raped their daughters and infected them with HIV and we have seen them being jailed for three years which is very unfair. The parliament has that task ahead to ensure protection of minors like children and women who have fallen prey to ungodly men. Such people who rape and defile young girls need life imprisonment,” Katonene charged

Katonene added that the church and media still have an upper hand in fighting defilement and rape, vices that have ravaged the country.

He called upon every Ugandan to be on the lookout, condemn and expose abuses of young girls and women.

Section 129 of the Ugandan penal code provides that ‘any person, who performs a sexual act with another person who is below the age of 18 years, commits a felony known as defilement and is on conviction liable to life imprisonment.’

This section also provides for the offence of ‘aggravated defilement’ punishable by death.

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