AFRICA/UGANDA - The Bishops: "No to political use of justice, yes to dialogue to resolve disputes"

Wednesday, 15 June 2016 bishops   politics  

Kampala (Agenzia Fides) - "No to political use of justice!" warn the Ugandan Bishops in a statement issued at the end of their retreat in Nsaambya, near Kampala.
"We have noted the indirect pressure on the Judiciary which is being used to solve disputes that ordinarily require a political solution as opposed to legal interventions", said the statement signed by His Exc. Mgr. John Baptist Odama, Chairman of the Episcopal Conference of Uganda, sent to Fides.
The main opponent of President Yoweri Museveni (in power for 30 years), Kizza Besigye, has been on house arrest since May 11, on charges of "treason", after organizing a ceremony to take the oath as "President". Besigye contests the results of last February's elections which saw the reappointment of Museveni (see Fides 19/02/2016).
After recalling some passages of the Sacred Scriptures, the Bishops deplore "the uncertainty that continues to hover over many parts of our country", noting that after the elections, "many people appear to be unhappy, discouraged and bitter, as if hope for a better and a more united Country had been lost".
The Bishops' Conference then launches an appeal "to all political leaders who should explore democratic dialogue for the electorate to discuss their grievances openly at various levels as a strategy to promote political". "We continue to call on political leaders to give priority to the politics of inclusion other than politics of exclusion" the Bishops conclude. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 15/6/2016)