By Ivan Kaahwa
Minister for Information Communication Technology and National Guidance, Dr. Chris Baryomunsi, has reaffirmed the government’s commitment to safeguard citizens against the remnants of ADF while emphasizing the crucial role of religious leaders in ensuring public safety.
He urged communities to report any strangers in Kanungu district, especially considering its proximity to the DRC, housing elements of the ADF. Baryomunsi explained that ADF’s atrocities in Uganda result from the UPDF’s formidable presence in the Congo, preventing them from regrouping and strategizing.
The Minister highlighted the ADF’s misuse of religion to advocate for a state-led religion, contrasting with the NRM government’s support for freedom of worship. He challenged religious leaders to promote unity instead of contributing to chaos, emphasizing the importance of respecting people’s right to choose their religion.
Baryomunsi’s advice coincides with recent ADF attacks in Kibale, where 10 crop watchmen were killed in Kibale forest, and an attack resulting in the tragic deaths of an elderly woman and her 2 grandchildren. He assured the public that the UPDF is in control, with only two alleged rebels still at large, affirming that they will be dealt with.
Expressing gratitude to President Felix Tshisekedi of Congo for allowing UPDF operations within its borders, Baryomunsi stressed the significance of regional security. With the EAC bloc now comprising 8 member states, ensuring citizen security is paramount for seamless transactions and stability.
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