Democratic Party President Hon. Norbert Mao has issued the following statement concerning violence in the Arua Municipality by elections.
“The events that unfolded yesterday in Arua Municipality are incredibly tragic. The killing of Yasin Kawuma must be swiftly and loudly condemned. In the same breath I condemn any individuals or organizations that perpetrated or preached violence during the campaigns.
I hold the belief that individuals and groups have the civic right to canvass support for their respective candidates, but violence and incitement of violence are unacceptable.
The Uganda we seek to build must be a Uganda where violence is not tolerated. We must break the cycle of violence in our country.
At this time when there’s increased polarization and frustration, all Ugandans must stand united against violence. The behaviors and conduct of political actors that promote violence is reprehensible.
Those responsible for the loss of lives must be brought to justice. My heart goes out to the family of Yasin Kawuma and all those who have been affected and their families.
The people of Uganda, particularly Northern Uganda, know well what violence is and what harm it causes. Because of the bitter experience and unjust history, we should have zero tolerance for any form of violence.
We therefore call upon all parties to join us in condemning and fighting against violence in our politics. We must do our best to build a country whose foundation is Truth and Justice.
The democracy we desire and deserve must have no room for violence, for incitement of violence and endangering the public no matter the beliefs of those who perpetrate such acts. Those of us who seek to bring about regime change reaffirm our commitment to nonviolence. We shall fearlessly confront the enemies of democracy with our bare hands demanding our full citizenship rights to institute a government of the people, by the people and for the people.
Every struggle must have fundamentals. For us, nonviolence is one of the fundamentals. Let the sad events in Arua teach us that we must all embrace the values of peace, openness and justice. That is the only way we can bring out the best in ourselves and in others.
We shall overcome!”