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I am open to reconciliation with the opposition – President Museveni

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni Tibuhabura (Courtesy Photo)

While attending the celebrations to mark the 35th January 1986 liberation held at Entebbe State House, Rt Rev. Msgr Charles Kasibante, the Vicar General of the Kampala Archdiocese who represented the Archbishop of Kampala, Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga asked Museveni to consider reconciliation with the opposition.

This came at a time when the rift between the ruling party (government) and the opposition has grown bigger and deeper following the recently concluded general elections which were marred with numerous atrocities that saw a number of people killed or injured.

The government and security forces blamed the opposition for inciting violence which led to the loss of lives and property as well as injury of others while the opposition blamed the government for using state machinery to torture and kill citizens.

While addressing guests at Entebbe State House, Rev Kasibante asked President Museveni who was announced winner of the intense election to bury the hatchet with his opponents and reconcile with them.

“Let us promote general reconciliation with each other and with one another. As religious leaders, as a sign of reconciliation, we request that government allows Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu to have his freedom of expression and movement,”

Msgr Kasibante

In response to the request, President Museveni told all those in attendance that he had issues reconciling with the opposition empahisizning the fact that reconciliation is NRM’s way of doing things.

“Msgr Kasibante, you are preaching to the choir about reconciliation. Reconciliation is our way of doing things. That’s how you find that Idi Amin’s own son is my deputy director of intelligence, Okello Lutwa’s son Oryem is a foreign affairs minister, Amin’s grandson is an MP in my party. Amin’s daughter in law is my minister,”

President Museveni

Museveni also pointed out that Bobi Wine who had been under house arrest since election day had finally been freed from the house arrest mentioning that he (museveni) had no problem with reconciliation and his only concern was the violence that the opposition breeds.

“For us we have no problem but the only thing we cannot tolerate is violence. I ask all Ugandans to forget about violence. Don’t dream about it because it will not work. Forget about threats. They will not work and you are creating blood pressure for yourself for nothing,”

President Museveni

The statements came a few hours after security withdrew from the home of National Unity Platform’s Robert Kyagulanyi in Magere, Wakiso where troops had laid siege to prevent the former presidential candidate from moving out since election day on January 14th.

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