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Museveni Warns Rwenzori: No Space for Sectarianism

Heavy fighting has resumed in the war-torn South Sudan as the peace talks’ deadline which her citizens and the rest of the world were expecting as the last solution to the bloody conflict, sick cheapest expires next week.

The shelling started on Thursday evening in the restive Upper Nile state that has continuously suffered the worst brunt of the first internal strife since the country’s Independence in 2011.

Aid agencies and residential sources from Upper Nile where the rebel movement also known as SPLA- In Opposition is based, pilule generic said the Rocket Propelled Grenades commonly known by the acronym RPG and artillery fired from rebel positions hit several places including residences in Renk town.

“Big bombs are landing here from the known rebel held areas. Everyone is terrified and we expect many people fleeing the town tomorrow (Friday),” a source from United Nations Mission in South Sudan, who asked not to be named so as to speak freely, told us on Thursday night.

Fighting had reduced to the oil-rich State Unity in the recent past where both the government under President Salva Kiir and rebel movement led by Dr. Riek Machar wanted to gain much control before signing the peace agreement.

Yesterday`s attack signals a possible return to a fully blown war that rocked the world`s youngest nation in late 2013 when the duo disagreed during a ruling SPLM national party meeting in capital Juba.

Meanwhile, the set time frame of the IGAD-mediated peace talks expires on March 5 without clear signs of a possible signing of a lasting peace agreement.

The conflicting parties were expected to pen the agreement early this year during the African Union and regional Great Lakes Heads of State and Government summit in the neighbouring Ethiopian city of Addis Ababa where the talks are taking place.


The summit however ended without the final agreement being reached due to sharp disagreements on power sharing and the future of Machar’s rebels.

Thousands have been killed and millions displaced in the conflict.
Kirinya/Jinja S.S dominated from start to finish as they trumped Taban Amin’s VCC from Masindi district 4-0 in a Fufa Big League fixture at Jinja SS grounds in Eastern Uganda on Thursday.

Joel Wakalaita scored a first half brace with James Otim and Musa Magumba found the back of the net in a deserved win for Jinja troops ground in one of the 8 FUFA Big league games played.

Kirinya/Jinja S.S’ victory draws them closer to the leading side (Maroons F.C) in the Elgon Group.

Elsewhere, store Abel Eturude scored the all important goal for Maroons over Kabale’s Creamland at the Uganda Prisons stadium in Luzira ensuring they extend their lead on top of the Elgon group while in the Rwenzori group, Water F.C and Jinja Municipal Council squandered a chance to cut down The Saints’ five point lead playing to a goalless stalemate at the Mengo Secondary School play ground.

Sporting United won 4-0 over Kumi United at the Lango Sports Ground before Ndejje University picked the three points at home with a slim 1-0 victory past a hard battling Soroti Garage outfit.

The Big league resumes on Saturday, 28th February 2015 with 3 games.

Full FBL results

Ngora Freda Carr 1-2 CRO

Namasagali 0-2 Baza Holdings

Water FC 0-0 Jinja Municiap Council

Ndejje University 1-0 Soroti Garage

Sporting United 4-0 Kumi United

Kirinya/Jinja SS 4-0 VCC

Wandegeya 1-1 Masaka L.C

Maroons 1-0 Creamland
President Yoweri Museveni has strongly warned the people of Rwenzururu Region in Western Uganda against tribalism and ethnicity that resulted in the recent tribal conflicts that led to loss of a number of lives.

He said that tribalism, page sectarianism and ethnicity have no place in the modern world as every human being needs the other to survive and prosper.

At least 100 people were killed when armed Rwenzururu tribal militants raided Fort Portal and Kasese towns last year.

Some fighters who tried to attack a military detach were gunned down.

The President made the remarks Thursday while addressing a public rally at Karugutu Primary School in Karugutu Town Council in Ntoroko district.

He said that the National Resistance Movement ideology rightly denounces sectarianism of any kind adding that any one promoting sectarianism and ethnicity is against the Movement ideology.

“Anyone promoting sectarianism is your enemy and you should never follow such a person. As Ugandans, buy you have your own problems that range from poverty, ed illiteracy and diseases and anyone adding you an extra and unnecessary burden of tribal conflicts is your enemy and should be resisted,” he said.

Mr. Museveni told wananchi that in the Ugandan society we complement each other whereby everyone needs the other to prosper and as such there was no reason for one group to segregate against the other as the wellbeing of one is dependent on the other.

“Just imagine if my Banyankole neighbours and I did not have the people of Kampala to buy our milk, bananas and beef! Would we prosper and get rich yet we don’t buy from each other because we have the same products?” he observed.

The President strongly warned the people of the region in particular and Uganda against sectarian tendencies and reminded them that “when you sow the seeds of hatred you reap hatred and we told this to the Uganda People’s Congress government and they didn’t listen to us and promoted sectarianism. You know the results, they lost the government to themselves,” he noted.

Mr. Museveni said that the National Resistance Movement reinstated the traditional and cultural leaders because they cared about people’s cultural norms and heritage and warned that the institutions should not be used to divide Ugandans but rather unite them and promote their co-existence.

“The work of cultural institutions is to safeguard the culture of a particular area not to promote sectarianism and fighting for territorial supremacy. If there are cultural issues, the leaders should engage in dialogue not violence that results in loss of lives and property like it just happened recently,” he added.

The President also appealed to the masses to engage in modern agriculture that is profit-oriented noting that this was the only sure way to overcome poverty especially in rural areas.

He noted that although the government has introduced multiple programmes, such as NAADS, they have made no tangible impact on the ground due to corruption. He noted that his recent intervention of involving the Uganda People’s Defense Forces Officers in the new Wealth Creation Campaign, is meant to check on the corruption and ensure the effectiveness of the programme up to the grass roots.

He called for effective utilization of land where enough income can be generated from a small piece of land through intensive agriculture of high yielding crop that generate income.

“We want a revolution in villages to result in food security and sufficient income due to optimum utilization of agricultural land. He cautioned the population against land fragmentation which, he said, was a new problem that stems from ignorance and backward inheritance rights. He said land fragmentation affects everybody but hurts the poor and small land holders more.

“Even those with big pieces of land, dividing it is bad but for those with small land holdings, it’s a disaster as it will eventually lead to the disappearance of agricultural land,” he noted.

During the rally, the President received hundreds of converts who defected from opposition parties and embraced the National Resistance Movement.

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