Arua. The Inter Religious Council have continued to push for a National dialogue which they say is the best option to handle the current polarized political situation in the country.
During a meeting at Heritage Courts in Arua, the Secretary General of Inter Religious Council, Mr Joshua Kitakule, said: “We believe that dialogue remains the best option to solve the political problems that Uganda faced and is still in it because there has been mixed recordings of progress, broken and unfulfilled political commitments through the governments that we have had.”
The country is embroiled in political tension especially on the proposed bill of having the Presidential Age Limit lifted and amending the Land Bill, which some Ugandans are opposed to. The proposed amendments have ushered in ugly scenes especially in the Parliament where the opposition members, protecting the constitution were last month arrested brutally by Special Forces.
“In this country, there are people who think they are in charge, that economy is growing, that everything is good and there are those who thing there is insecurity where women are killed at will, that there is breakdown in law and order. And for the past 55 years we have failed to achieve peaceful transition of power. But this is where we are and we cannot solve these issues using emotions or force but dialogue,” he said.
The former MP for Ayivu Constituency and Constituent Assembly member, Dick Nyai, said: “The society has lost morals and there were fundamental problems facing Ugandans which must be addressed in peaceful ways but it has become difficult to do so. We wrote that constitution with protection but it is unfortunate that someone wants to amend it to favour him.”
With the current political situation, the Bishops through the Inter Religious Council have proposed that there should be referendum to the Age Limit. The call was also corroborated by Archbishop Emeritus, Henry Luke Orombi, who said the Age Limit, should not be rushed and Ugandans needs to be consulted by their Members of Parliament.
The Resident District Commissioner for Yumbe, Manasseh Wadia, said many Ugandans do not understand the sections in the constitution. “We need to invest and have this constitution translated in the local languages so that people can be able to understand it well just like the Bible. In this way, we shall be able to critically look at it uniformly,” he said.