Stop behaving like Mukajanga, Catholic Bishops tell government

Ugandan Catholic bishops have sent a strong message to the government, urging it to end the brutality against opposition politicians and activists.

Speaking on behalf of the Bishops under the Uganda Episcopal Conference (UEC), Bishop Anthony Joseph Zziwa of Kiyinda – Mityana diocese, and also the UEC chairman, likened the acts of brutality seen in the recent past to the 1885 to 1887 executions of the Uganda martyrs.

“How can we condemn Mukajanga when there are so many ‘Mukajangas’ out there? There are still many Mukajangas in our society, and, that is why I say that we should pray and work for peace,” Bishop Zziwa said.

Mukajanga was the chief executioner of the 45 Anglican and Catholic converts who were condemned to death by Kabaka Mwanga of Buganda kingdom.

Besides the increase cases of gun violence and murders around the country, Bishop Zziwa also spoke critically about the continued detention of opposition supporters.

“There are still so many people still detained in known and unknown places. We say, in the name of working for peace, please, release all the political detainees or charge them in proper courts of law,” the prelate said.

The opposition National Unity Platform (NUP) has consistently accused the government of keeping hundreds of its supporters in captivity over what it calls politically motivated charges.

NUP president Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu among other NUP politicians and supporters who attended the prayers were elated by the Bishop’s message.

He urged the congregation to pray and work for a peaceful Uganda.

“We need to pray for peace and work for peace. There is a lot of violence in the country; murder, land wrangles, corruption and torture of [suspects], these must stop. We cannot come here to pray for peace and after here promote torture and murders,” Bishop Zziwa said.


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