“Sectarianism Promoters are Greedy, Selfish People” – President Museveni

Saturday, 17th March 2018
President Yoweri Museveni has said that people who have been promoting and continue to do so with regard to religious sectarianism or any other form of sectarianism are greedy and selfish people who use others as stepping stone for their survival.
Addressing hundreds of Muslims at Kabwoohe Muslim grounds in Kabwoohe Town Council in Sheema District this afternoon, the President announced a donation of Shs.100 million towards the completion of Kabwoohe mosque. He also used the same occasion to deliver his condolences to the families of the 49 Muslims that were murdered in Kabwoohe after the overthrow of the Idi Amin government in 1979. The President
Mr. Museveni said that from time immemorial, the people of Ankole lived together harmoniously and complemented each other no matter their religious affiliations. He, however, noted the greedy and selfish politicians who survived on dividing Ugandans, brought the bad politics of religious sectarianism that breed hatred and many times cost lives including the lives of the 49 Muslims that were murdered in the aftermath of the overthrow of Idi Amin.
He said that as Defence Minister at the time, he led a big delegation to the area to assess the cause of the murders and attempted to cause some arrest but was stopped by the then President Godfrey Lukongwa Binaisa. He, however, said that the National Resistance Movement was clear and has zero tolerance to any form of sectarianism. He noted that this philosophy greatly helped the Movement in the different revolutionary episodes and liberation struggle in the country.
“I had so many Muslim supporters who supported me during the struggle against Amin because they realised that I was unbothered about their religious affiliation but their revolutionary orientation,” he said.
He added that when NRM came to power in 1986, the Movement continued to teach religious tolerance, unity, harmonious living amongst Ugandans and forgiveness and not revenge about the past mistakes. He, therefore, urged the Muslims of Kabwoohe to forgive the negative people that murdered their people and work for unity adding that government is working on giving a helping hand to those who lost their loved ones in the next financial year.
The President appealed to Muslim and other religious leaders to supplement government efforts in fighting against household poverty. He stressed the need for wananchi to abandon subsistence agriculture in favour of commercial profit oriented agriculture and avoid land fragmentation.
Sheema District Kadhi, Sheikh Abdul Magidu Mpaka, thanked President Museveni for visiting Kabwoohe Mosque. He reported that Kabwoohe Mosque sits on the founding site that helped in the spreading of Islam in most of Ankole having been founded in the 1930s. He equally commended the President and the Movement Government for the positive development programmes in the health and education sectors and also for guaranteeing national security and religious tolerance.