President Museveni was Thursday a chief guest at the Kasese Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) fundraising for the Better Living Centre, a multi-purpose facility that will serve as a church and also host several other income-generating projects.
He appealed to the people of Kasese and the Rwenzori region to embrace peace and shun the endless wars and conflicts that have retarded development and cost lives.
Rwenzori region is blessed with abundant resources for agriculture, tourism, minerals that are crucial for industrialisation and a brilliant and hard working population.
However, the endless wars and conflicts that have characterised the region have hindered its development, the president observed.
He said it was justifiable in the past when the Rwenzururu Movement fought against the oppression of the Bakonzo by the Tooro Kingdom leadership.
This is no longer the case today and there’s no need for conflict, he said.
“Let the people of Rwenzori forget the negative past and embrace reconciliation as espoused in the NRM ideology. In NRM, we don’t believe in vendetta. That’s why today we work with people we fought in the past.”
Museveni said the late Idi Amin’s son, Brigadier Taban, is a senior director in his intelligence services while the late Milton Obote’s daughter-in-law and the late Tito Okello’s son are senior ministers in the NRM government because he never carries vendetta once conflicts are over.
“You need to embrace peace and treat each other with respect and dignity so that we live in harmony. Respect others the way they are and things will be easy for you in this world.”
He urged religious leaders to lead the reconciliation process in line with God’s cardinal commandment of “Love your neighbour as you love yourself”.
“Besides the Shs100m that I had sent earlier to support the construction works, I will offer another Shs200m towards the facility’s completion.”