The Inter-Religious Council of Uganda (IRCU) has warned of possible violence in 2016 general elections if government doesn’t restrain violent radicals like Maj Roland Kakooza Mutale.
Sheik Ramadan Mubajje, the Mufti of Uganda and member of the Council of Presidents of IRCU issued the warning while addressing a media briefing.
He started by warning all religious leaders who have openly declared their active participation in politics to resign from leadership in their respective denominations or face stringent disciplinary measures that may include expulsion.
According to URN, the warning follows several instances where religious leaders have come out openly expressing their interest and participation in elective positions ahead of the 2016 general elections, as well as declaring open support for candidates.
Mubajje said such actions of the religious leaders gives an impression that religious leaders have vested interests in the country
Mutale is currently training militias in Luweero jungles to eliminate President Yoweri Museveni’s opponents in the 2016 general elections.
He successfully executed this in 2011 elections when he beat up people with his Kalangala Action Plan thugs.
Opposition FDC and Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago, have since responded by training their own militia to fight back.
Mubajje said Amama Mbabazi was also cited among those recruiting militias to counter the government war machinery appealing to the concerned to disband their groups.
He requested the Uganda National Police to investigate these groups with a view of holding the ringleaders personally responsible for their actions.
Mufti Mubajje asked aspiring candidates to stop commercialising politics and to respect the security status of the country.
Brig Kasirye warns Mutale
Earlier on, Brig. Gen. Kasirye Gwanga, appeared on WBS TV where he warned Mutale follow the advice of Chief of Defence Forces, Gen. Katumba Wamala, and stay away from politics.
“Kakoza Mutale should get out of politics if he is still in the military. Gen. Katumba Wamala just warned all serving officers to get out of this game,” Kasirye pointed out.
Kasirye also wondered where a mere Major gets money to facilitate the militias.
A recent opinion poll carried out by Afrobarometer survey shows that seven in ten (71%) Ugandans agree that many political parties are necessary to give Ugandans real choices in who governs them, compared to 41% in 2002.
It also said more than half (55%) of Ugandans perceive competition between political parties to often result in violent conflict, down from 65% in 2002.
Although abating, the number of citizens who fear becoming victims of political intimidation and violence during election stands at 63% (down from 73% in 2008), says the survey.