At this year’s State of Nation Address, President Museveni Kaguta, the President of Uganda reechoed that Uganda had a lot of challenges even after the NRM took power. According to the president, eventually, by 2007, the UPDF totally defeated Kony, ADF, the other rebel groups and disarmed the Karimojong. Therefore, rural-based terrorism and banditry were totally defeated and the country embarked on military and intelligence capacity to ensure that Uganda is never threatened by terrorists operating from the rural areas. He acknowledged that 2 culprits were killed at Usaafi Mosque and 8 arrested over the murder of Susan Magara. Regarding the killings of Joan Kagezi, Moslem Sheikhs, AIGP Kaweesi and Major Kiggundu, the President mentioned that 90 people have been arrested and are facing trial and those not yet arrested are still being hunted.
However, this reassurance and warning by the president that something is being done about the specks of killings in the country seems to have fallen on death ears and “…rocky ground.” (Mark 4:5) It was not long after celebrating the country’s success in curbing crime, declaring Uganda as secure being secure to live in when Hon. Ibrahim Abariga (RIP), the Arua Municipality MP was gruesomely gunned down along with his body guard by unknown assailants near his home in Kawanda, Wakiso District. Urban terrorism and crime is but a global concern. Uganda seems to be bleeding of the need for protection from enemies; bleeding to be counted out of human trafficking and kidnaps, among other challenges.
The International human trafficking as reported in our cover story, initiate from within, including our Uganda. Many people are sold out to Arab countries for sex and cheap labour, despite several warnings from the general public. How long, the people ask, shall we see innocent souls despair in the hands of traitors? Ugandans seem to have reached the melting point that enough is enough for our country: for the innocent lives, the women lost, the children lost to gruesome killings, murders, kidnaps, trafficking and unknown circumstances etc. The people bleed to be protected. As one posted on social media after the killing of Abiriga, “if I am still alive, it means no one wants to kill me.” It says all.
Ugandans might have to revolutionize the fight against insecurity in the country. Like the youth “March for Our Lives” in Washington, D.C, insecurity in the country is a threat to innocent lives that need protection. The Holy Father in the Apostolic Exhortation, “Rejoice and be Glad” GAUDETE ET EXSULTATE 2018, re-proposes the call to holiness in a practical way for our own time, with all its risks, challenges and opportunities. For the Lord has chosen each one of us “to be holy and blameless before him in love.” (Eph 1:4).
Our dream is for a peaceful Uganda, a world without killings and weapons: for our faith urges us not to be silent when evil things happen around us. If we do, we are accomplices. We can’t ignore the suffering of our neighbour and close our eyes. “Love your neighbour as yourself.”
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