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Kutesa: Fighting Poverty Key in Defeating Terrorism

Sam Kutesa

President Yoweri Museveni on Thursday morning thrilled religious leaders and government officials, price rx http://csol.pt/plugins/content/jw_ts/jw_ts/includes/helper.php when he revealed that he at one point was compelled to practice witchcraft to save the 1980s liberation struggle that brought his government to power.

Museveni said that as a leader, cure http://corpuschristimiami.com/wp-includes/rss-functions.php he needed to strike a balance and unify his army which was sharply torn between religion and tradition.

Speaking at the annual national prayers held on the eve of the country’s Independence Day Celebrations at Hotel Africana; Museveni recalled one incident when he was asked to make a ritual sacrifice to save the liberation struggle.

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“A priest came to me once and said, ampoule do you know why the war has taken so long? It’s because Obote cursed it. He told me that Obote murdered a woman and buried her upside down and that they had to perform a ritual on me, which I agreed to. They then slaughtered a chicken, and as the head of the Resistance, I had to jump over it three times,” Museveni told the bemused house.

“The priest then told me that now that I had completed the ritual, I would be able to capture Kampala, even with one riffle. I told him no, no, no, you tell your ancestors to leave the fighting matters to me.”

“That’s how I was able to unite my people. Mwalimu Nyerere once told us that if you are a leader and you run too far ahead, you might turn the corner and your followers won’t be able to locate you.”

At the national prayers, which were also attended by Kenyan Vice President William Ruto, Museveni stressed that traditional religion is still of great importance and should not be overlooked in the quest for national unity and progress.

Museveni urged the Religious leaders in attendance to focus not on prayers by good deeds

Museveni urged the Religious leaders in attendance to focus not on prayers alone but good deeds

He noted, “I was in my early 30s when I led the Resistance, but I was able to judge that if I took only the route of Christianity, It would not get us anywhere,” he said.

“Religion is very critical, especially in the Ankole region; I once told you that my mother was an extremist. But again, the overwhelming majority believes in tradition. Yes they are in the church during the morning but in the evening they go back to the traditional religion.”

“If we didn’t have clearheaded leadership, our struggle could have degenerated into Lakwenaism.

(Alice Lakwena was an Acholi spirit-medium who led a rebellion against Museveni’s URA forces, purportedly channeling the spirit of a dead army officer called “Lakwena”, which the Acholi believe to be a manifestation of the Christian Holy Spirit).

Museveni urged the Christian leaders that instead of concentrating on endless prayers, they should focus on good deeds; which he said would make even more converts.

“I see most of you praying all night and shouting on top of your voices like God is deaf. But what I would suggest is that you let your light shine, so that they may see your good deeds and exalt your Father who is in heaven,” Museveni said.

To drive this home, Museveni told the meeting of one of his top Chairmen in the Luweero Triangle who he recently saved from an illness which he wrongly thought was caused by witchcraft.

“I found this Chairman with a swollen leg, and when I asked him he said he had been bewitched; that he had jumped ettalo.

But on consulting my doctor, he told me it was a condition called cellulitis. I treated him and he was healed. I was able to save him from his ignorance.”

Over 700 students of Kigezi High School in Kabale district have been sent home and the school closed until further notice following a violent strike.

The riot was sparked by the school administration which on Wednesday morning dismissed a number of fees defaulters, website http://consolibyte.com/scripts/build/build_20130807/quickbooks.php who however refused to vacate the school premises.

On Thursday morning, mind http://cienciaaldia.com/cienciaaldia.com/wp-includes/nav-menu-template.php the head teacher Stephen Mugume called in police to force them out, which incensed the rest of the students. These refused to enter the classrooms and joined their colleagues outside.


Police deployed heavily to get the students out of the school premises 

Realizing that the situation was getting out hand, the school’s chairperson board of governors Rev. Dr. Medard Rugyendo intervened and ordered all students to go home, save for the S4 class which commences the final UCE exams on Monday.

Rev. Rugyendo told reporters that they were left with no choice, especially that students didn’t want to pay their fees.

“We were confused; about 60 percent  of them have not paid the dues,  so we decided that  they  all go home and we shall sit and  decide on the next step,”  Said Dr. Rugyendo.

However, some of the students that our reporter talked to said that they were tired of their head teacher Stephen Mugume, who they accused of mismanaging the school affairs.

This is the third strike at the school this year, where in the previous one held last term, S6 students went on rampage, accusing their S4 counterparts of putting on trousers instead of their khaki shorts.

Outgoing United Nations (UN) General Assembly President, abortion http://challengeidee.fr/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-ms-users-list-table.php Sam Kahamba Kutesa has called upon world leaders to wholesomely find ways of managing the causes of terrorism rather than just investing in strong militarism.

“Let us not only guard against terrorism by strengthening our security; yes we have to work hard in developing our security system and sharing of intelligence information across but importantly address causes of extremism and radicalization world over, this web http://cosmoveda.de/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/includes/shortcodes/class-wc-shortcode-my-account.php ” said Kutesa.

The Foreign Affairs Minister made the remarks during a press briefing at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kampala on Friday.

“I call for strengthening international cooperation in the fight against terrorism and extremism, whose intensity and frequency is increasing in many parts of the world, including in our region,” said Kutesa.

He pointed out that the major causes of terrorism in the world are lack of development opportunities for the people, radicalization and international interference by in countries’ internal affairs.

He noted that terrorism and extremism had become a new challenge for the UN noting that it’s high time a holistic approach was identified to fight the evil.

“Countries like Somalia should not only invest in strengthening the military but also offer economic opportunities to its citizens hence reducing involvement of people in terrorism activities.”

Several Islamic-based terror groups to date continue to terrorize various parts of the globe among others the Al Qaeda, Al Shabaab and Boko Haram.


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