Inter-Religious Council, Elders Concerned About Post Election Tension

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Addressing a press conference at Lake Victoria Serena Hotel Kigo in Wakiso district on behalf of the Inter-religious Council of Uganda and The Elders Forum of Uganda, Arch-Bishop John Baptist Odama singled out the massive deployment of security forces across the country as one of the biggest contributors to the prevailing tension.

The Inter-religious Council of Uganda and The Elders Forum of Uganda have expressed concern about the post-election atmosphere in the country.
 
The religious leaders and elders say they have noted with concern the dissatisfaction and fear among sections of the public on the outcome of the elections.
 
Addressing a press conference at Lake Victoria Serena Hotel Kigo in Wakiso district on behalf of the Inter-religious Council of Uganda and The Elders Forum of Uganda, Arch-Bishop John Baptist Odama singled out the massive deployment of security forces across the country as one of the biggest contributors to the prevailing tension.
 
 
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Both the Inter-religious Council of Uganda and The Elders Forum of Uganda, say for peace to prevail in a just nation, the country must be built on fairness, openness, mutual respect, collective recognition of each other's contribution and commitment towards serving the common good. 
 

Justice James Ogoola the chairperson of The Elders Forum of Uganda said they will not sit back and watch the country descend into chaos. He says the two organisations will try to find solution to try and address the political impasse in the country. 
 

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Both the Inter-religious Council of Uganda and The Elders Forum of Uganda have made commitments to facilitate constructive dialogue on the issues threatening peace in the country and engage with relevant authorities to ensure that all Ugandans enjoy their freedoms of expression and movement. 

 
They are also set to organize a national consultative conference as a way of addressing the obstacles in the way of enjoyment of the fruits of the independence of the country. 

Both the prelates and elders have urged Ugandans to guard against surrendering their national solidarity for partisan interests and instead encouraged them to use the current political events to reflect on the opportunities ahead and lay a foundation for meaningful democracy. 
 

 

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