Parliamentarians must identify causes of religious violence and find solutions to reduce its occurrence, Lwemiyaga MP, Hon. Theodore Ssekikubo told Members at the Pan African Parliament, yesterday.
Ssekikubo said that legislators should not limit themselves to condemning the violence but engage with leaders of major monotheistic religions on all continents.
“We ought to make a joint effort to identify the causes of violence and barbaric behaviour in the religious beliefs and discuss together the ways and means to reduce and eliminate such,” said Ssekikubo.
Hon. Ssekikubo was speaking at the Pan African Parliament (PAP) on invitation to present a Statement on behalf of the Inter-parliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy. This was at the Opening of the sixth Ordinary Session of the 3rd Parliament, held in Midrand, South Africa, on Monday May 18, 2015. The Secretary General of the Inter-parliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy Mr. Ioannis Amanatidis was also present at the ceremony.
“We members are vehicles of expression of people’s sufferings; and must show today’s society that we are against any form of violence. We need to become vectors of social calm, serenity and peace to our peoples,” Ssekikubo said.
He also said that parliamentarians must highlight and condemn acts of vandalism; an offence against human dignity.
“We are pointing out with great concern and sorrow that during the last few years such acts are targeted against Christians, in an effort to wipe them out from the areas they have been residing in for thousands of years,” he said. “This is unacceptable and inhumane”.
The Sixth Ordinary Session of the Third Parliament of the Pan African Parliament is currently taking place from Monday 18th May to Friday 29th May 2015 in Midrand, South Africa.
The theme of the session is “Year of Women’s Empowerment and Development towards Africa’s Agenda 2063”.
Uganda’s representatives to PAP are Hon. Onyango Kakoba (NRM, Buikwe North), Hon. Beatrice Barumba (NRM, Kiruhura district), Hon. Jacquiline Amongin (NRM, Ngora district), Hon. Elijah Okupa (FDC, Kasilo) and Hon. Sam Amoti Otada (Ind., Kibanda).