By Fred Kiva
ENTEBBE. President Yoweri Museveni has launched the long awaited National Dialogue at State House Entebbe with a scathing remark on political actors who promote sectarianism. The president regarded such people as dangerous to Uganda and Africa.
Mr. Museveni was emphasizing on Pan Africanism, which he highlighted as one of the principles he has pursued since his university days.
He expressed concern that most of the political actors don’t talk about Pan Africanism, while some preach sectarianism.
“Many political actors don’t talk about Pan Africanism and I regard them as a danger to Africa,” the President said, adding “sectarian people are a danger to our prosperity, if you are sectarian I am not with you and I will not be with you.”
The President’s statement come barely a few days after former FDC President Kizza Besigye received stiff social media backlash for what many viewed as sectarian remarks.
Addressing FDC leaders at Najjanankumbi on Saturday Besigye claimed that there is an ongoing propaganda targeting him because of his origin.
In a veiled attack aimed at Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi, Besigye claimed that some are using coded messages, which he said have potential tribal sentiments although they are used casually.
“You hear phrases like foolish Galatians, who are the foolish Galatians they refer to? You hear other coded messages like Mwebelelemu, Baani? Ba ffe?” Besigye said.
While launching the National Dialogue spearheaded by the Inter-religious Council of Uganda and Elders Forum, the President said he welcomes the initiative and said he is happy to be part of it.
“I am happy to take part in this dialogue and we always like dialogue. It’s a pleasure for me to be in a dialogue for people with different views, I have been dying for this,” he said.
The President noted that it was even better to dialogue with religious leaders whom he said are always at the peripheral of issues and they are at times fed on one sided information.
Meanwhile, the President reminded the dialogue conveners to be mindful of breaching the constitution in whatever they are doing.
Agitators of the National Dialogue say it has the objective of promotion of peace and harmony in the country through encouraging non-violent means of conflict resolution.