Retired Bishop Edward Baharagate says government and the opposition must find an amicable solution to the current food and fuel crisis that have triggered off a lot of tension in Uganda.
Speaking to hundreds of Christians that turned up for the way of the cross this morning, Bishop Baharagate noted that the church is so saddened by the current protests that have resulted into loss of lives and detention of opposition politicians.
The bishop’s call come a day after riots broke out in downtown Kampala on Thursday as another round of street demonstrations over commodity prices spread after a leading opposition politician was arrested for the third time in two weeks, heightening the tensions significantly.
The “walk to work” demonstrations over rising food and fuel prices started two weeks ago, spearheaded by action for change a political pressure group.
The bishop noted that the church could no longer afford to sit and watch as the situation runs out of hand, but rather would like to push the government and opposition to the round table for a dialogue.
Addressing the nation on Thursday night, President Yoweri Museveni, defended government’s action against protesters and the spending decisions that the protesters blame for the rising cost of living.
But BishopBaharagate noted that Nation Building requires dialogue. He said that the current impasse between government and opposition must stop and both parties must sit together and find a solution.
On Thursday, Kizza Besigye, was bundled into a police van and taken to court within minutes of stepping onto a Kampala street.
Norbert Mao, another jailed former presidential candidate who is leading protests, was transferred to Nakasongola prison.
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