The Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah has asked Ugandans to reject anything that will divide and plunge the country into war.
Oulanyah made the call while presiding over a thanksgiving ceremony organised by National Resistance Movement (NRM) party treasurer Rose Namayanja and her mother Catherine Namirembe. The function was held on Sunday at Kalagi village in Kasangombe sub-county in Nakaseke district.
Namayanja survived a nasty accident in 2015 at Kigoogwa village along the Kampala – Gulu highway. She was heading to a fundraising ceremony for the reconstruction of Buddabugya health center III in Nakaseke district.
Oulanyah wondered why Ugandans have become so violent to the extent of wanting to kill each other yet there are bigger things which can unite them to work for the development of the country.
Oulanyah also condemned the youths who are standing for nothing but money for survival.
“We must remember that these small divisions that we have is not deeper than the blood that connects us as Ugandans and as people of God. There is nothing that we can’t solve as thinking human beings. Anything that will set us back, let’s reject it totally.
Anything that will push us back to violence, we should reject it totally. Anything that will lead us to another war, we should collectively reject it totally. There is nothing impossible about putting this country together. There is nothing wrong with Ugandan that can be connected with Ugandans,” Oulanyah said.
“Honourable Namayanja, you survived an accident for a reason. God protected from that accident because your purpose on earth was not done. If it has to do with supporting the churches, do it, the way you were doing. If it is something political that you must do, do it,” he added.
Namayanja and her mother held the thanksgiving ceremony to thank God for enabling them to survive the accident.
Namayanja, who hails from Nakaseke which hosted the National Resistance Army (NRA) liberation struggle war of 1981-86 warned Ugandans against a repeat of the past.
She said that even amidst the age limit amendment storm, rival groups can still tolerate each other. She was making reference to a constitutional amendment that seeks to lift the cap on the presidential age.
She asked Ugandans to give President Museveni another chance to take the country forward. Namayanja also used the thanksgiving to refute allegations that she is plotting for a comeback in 2021 to contest for District Woman Member of Parliament seat saying she had no intention after voluntarily quitting elective politics.
Pastor Samuel Kajoba the Seventh Day Adventist Bishop for Central Buganda region said that Namayanja’s survival was God’s mercy and asked Ugandans to always give thanks whenever they go through such moments.