Activists for Change Back With Light a Candle Campaign

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Activists for Change have bounced back with a new campaign called light a candle. This is the third campaign started by the group after the walk to work protests and the hooting campaign.

Activists for Change have bounced back with a new campaign called light a candle.
 
This is the third campaign started by the group after the walk to work protests and the hooting campaign. The pressure group came up in April 2011 to push government to address the escalating commodity prices.

The activists, who had taken a lull of over three months, say this campaign is in memory of innocent Ugandans killed during the walk to work protests.
 
The light a candle campaign is to be launched on the 5th of August in Masaka town to mourn two-year old Julian Nalwanga, who was shot by security forces in Nyendo town during the walk to work protests.

The campaign coordinator, Mathias Mpuuga says they have informed police of their intention to hold an open air mass in Nyendo town.

Others to be prayed for in different parts of the country include Dan Musa Wasaga and Charles Odol who were killed in Gulu, Semuga Kanabi in Nakivubo, and Sam Bufumbiro at Owino among others.

Mpuuga, who is also Masaka Municipality MP, says they took a decision to halt their activities and give government a chance to respond to the people’s cry for help in a distressful economic environment.  He says the activists hoped that government would respond to some of their demands through the 2011/2012 budget even if the downward economic spiral could not be resolved in one budget speech.   

However, Mpuuga says the budget speech did little to address the escalating prices of food and fuel.  He cites the cut in taxes on sugar and kerosene, which he says were not enough to lower food prices because the price of diesel, mostly used to transport food and essential commodities to the market, has continued to rise.

He also argues that government has been on the defensive for the last three and a half months and they have failed to come up with plausible excuses or credible interventions to avert further economic crises.   

Mpuuga says they have also silently watched the demonstrations by different civil society groups including KACITA traders, taxi drivers, women civil groups and the teachers, with pride and excitement.

The activists say they used the lull in their activities to get more organized and plan new activities for civic engagement and defiance of bad governance. He however added that they shall not be deterred by the threat of detention without trial, which they say is looming over their heads.
 
President Yoweri Museveni recently proposed to Parliament that there is need to change the law and deny bail for some offences including rape, defilement, treason and economic sabotage.