Pastor Asks Museveni To Forgive Rwenzururu King

By Abubaker Kirunda & Julius Ocungi

Pastor Zakaliya Sserwada of Evangel Church of Uganda has asked president Museveni to forgive the embattled Rwenzururu king Charles Wesley Mumbere who is battling several charges including terrorism.

Delivering his Christmas message to the congregation in Jinja, Sserwada has implored the president to use this Christmass period to prepare for dialogue with the King Mumbere who is on remand at Luzira Prison.

King Mumbere and hundreds of his royal guards were arrested in following clashes between security forces and the guards at his palace in Kasese that left over 100 people dead.

However Pastor Sserwada says that the Christians remember the birth of Jesus Christ, President Museveni should consider forgiving the king for peace and harmony to prevail.

Meanwhile, the Archbishop of Gulu Archdiocese John Baptist Odama has advised Ugandans to desist from being lured to fights against the government by their leaders.

Delivering his Christmas Sermon at St Joseph’s Cathedral Church this morning, Bishop Odama said such a move can plunge the country into violence.

Citing the recent killings in Kasese district in which over 100 lives were lost, the Bishop said a violent approach to addressing grievances only causes more harm, adding that the best way to solve problems is through dialogue.

The Bishop has also called on Ugandans to use the festive season to preach unity amongst as the only way to have a stable nation.

Meanwhile, Northern Uganda Diocese Bishop Rt. Rev Johnson Gakumba while giving his sermon at Christ Church warned police and security operatives against extorting money from suspects during their operations.

Bishop Gakumba said police should uphold professionalism and desist from acts of corruption and denial of justice.

The bishop’s warning comes amid numerous allegations that police officers and UPDF soldiers currently deployed to quell the insecurity in Gulu town were demanding for money from suspects arrested during patrols before they can be released.