Women activists under the Uganda Women Network (UWONET) have expressed concern over the increased political violence and intolerance which is “countering citizens’ aspirations for peace, inclusion and genuine democracy.”
This was during a press conference at UWONET offices in Ntinda, where women lit eight candles representing the eight presidential candidates, calling on each one of them to champion the cause for peaceful campaigns and election exercise.
“The Political clashes that occurred for example in Ntungamo, Gulu and Bukwo between police, political parties and their supporters are increasing in frequency and its effects are spilling over into the citizenry,” noted Perry Aritua the Executive Director, Women’s Democracy Group.
Aritua said it was sad that the presidential candidates that would have championed the fight against violence from the onset are instead inciting violence through the language they use during campaigns.
“Our presidential candidates must be blamed; the language they use during campaigns is provocative,” Aritua said.
“We call upon all political actors including candidates to use their voices to call for peace and unity ahead of the elections; all supporters of political parties and candidates must refrain from any processes that breed intolerance and violent conflicts.”
The women further condemned police of not giving timely updates on political crimes which has created a room for the public to create its own opinions that fuel violence in the country.
“We further call on government to urge its institutions such as the police and the Electoral Commission (EC) to ensure utmost impartiality by working strictly within the law.”
The group further called upon the youths, men and women to desist from being lured into militias and vigilante groups by politicians but to concentrate in exercising their right to participate in electoral process in the coming general elections.
“It is important for citizens to remember that after elections, we will have to live together again and continue developing Uganda our beloved country.”
The women vowed to deliver the candles of peace to each presidential candidate reminding them of the role of upholding peaceful election campaigns.
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