Xenophobia: Ugandan Youth Call for Sanctions on South Africa

Uganda is set to hold the 2015 All African Women Volleyball qualifiers, unhealthy ChimpSport reports.

The six-day event is slated to begin on Tuesday April 21 and run up to the 26th of this month at the MTN Lugogo arena.

Five countries expected to attend women’s tournament which include Kenya, buy more about Egypt, Burundi, Ethiopia and Uganda the hosts.

Neighbours Rwanda failed to attend with their federation citing lack of adequate time to prepare the team because most of the players who participate in the national team were participating in other tournaments.

The top two teams in the round robin tournament will earn tickets to this year’s All Africa games to be held in Congo Brazzaville from September 4 to 16.

Thirteen players are already in camp at Lubowa ahead of the events on Tuesday.

The players selected by head coach Bart Murting include; Femia Awor, Joan Nabuuto, Astreede Agaaba, Peace Busingye, Josephine Nammanda, Flavia Ndawuula, Maureen Mwamula, Zaina Kagoya, Adella Asimiire, Winnie Nakabuubi, Gloria Nantege, Saidat Nnungi and Margaret Namyalo.

The Men’s volleyball zone V group one tournament will be hosted in Kigali, Rwanda from May 1 to 6.


Five countries, Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, Tanzania and Rwanda will take part in the tournament.

The second group men’s volleyball zone two will be held in Ethiopia from May 7th to 13th.
Following the two-week xenophobic attacks in South Africa, order youth under their umbrella body Free Voices Against Violence have condemned  what they termed as “despicable acts of terror” against fellow Africans by the locals.

Addressing journalists at Makerere University Guest House in Kampala on Monday morning, the youth said the errant killings of non-native South Africans has caused a great sense of grief, fear and resentment in the hearts of many Africans all over the continent.

“We don’t see an end to these attacks in the near future unless we all stand up against this inhuman behaviour by our brothers and sisters in South Africa. There is need to condemn it with all the possible means,” said the Free Voices against Violence President Brian Katabaazi.

According to the youth, the attacks in which several people have died and many more displaced it’s an act of betrayal of Africa’s financial and moral support in South Africa’s fight against racism and apartheid.

“We stood by them when they needed us most during Apartheid. Why should they turn against us at this time? It’s a shame to the continent that Africans are turning against their own brothers and sisters,” said Free Voices against Violence spokesperson Ian Gumisiriza.

“In fact the African Union should put sanctions on South Africa in a bid to force their government bring to an end the Xenophobic Attacks against fellow Africans. If we received them with open hands here and established their training camps and bases while fighting Apartheid, why then harass us?” wondered Gumisiriza.

“We demand that the South African government puts to an end to these acts of terror within 48 hours or else we are starting a boycott campaign against South African goods and companies in Uganda in solidarity with the victims of the attacks.”

In an interview with Chimpreports, the organisation’s coordinator Herbert Burora however said both the South African government and the Zulu king are responsible for the many lives lost during the attacks on foreigners.

“The Zulu king Goodwill Zwelithini initiated the attacks whereas the South African government has failed to stop the attacks and violence against foreigners. It’s indeed a shame if this is the price they are paying to Nelson Mandela for his 27 years at Robben island prison,” Burora explained.

The group has written to the police chief Gen. Kale Kayihura seeking for permission to match to the South African embassy in Kampala in protest against the Xenophobic attacks on fellow Africans.

MultiChoice which runs DStv and Gotv said in a statement today that it was “appalled by the acts of violence being perpetrated against our fellow brothers and sisters in South Africa” and “strongly condemns” these acts.

The attacks were reportedly triggered by remarks made by Zulu King Goodwill Zwelethini while addressing local policemen when he said that non- South Africans should pack up and leave their land, accusing them of numerous misdeeds amongst which is spreading the abuse of drugs, causing unemployment and fuelling insecurity.

The cultural leader has since called for an end to the unrest, saying he was misquoted by the media.

Hundreds have since been arrested in the shocking unrest whose implications have gripped the nation.

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