Legal aid service providers network Uganda has petitioned govt, diplomatic missions, religious leaders, political candidates, legal experts among others seeking to remind them of the obligation they have towards having a peaceful Uganda.
Addressing journalists today at LAPSNET secretariat in Kampala, Sylvia Namubiru reminds them that elections are part of the democratic process in the country as stated by article one of the constitution noting that the current brutality against the opposition and their supporters by security organs undermines the principle of democracy.
She warns that if this continues to happen, the country is likely to degenerate into a chaotic nation.
She adds that the on going electoral violence in the country has dented the image of the country considered the pearl of Africa.
The under signed 19 legal providers say if this is done the likelihood of having a dangerous situation in the country during and after the elections will be averted.
Meanwhile, electoral expert Chrispin Kaheru maintains that a quick move to solve this growing issue from influential non-government actors to Impress it upon the presidential candidates to take a stand against electoral violence, take a stand against impunity and take a stand against injustice as well as commit to a peaceful election and judicial resolution of electoral disputes.
He adds that, “It is clear that we can no longer leave the role of ensuring a peaceful election to one or a few institutions. “
This is a shared role. Given the tone that Presidential candidates often set for a general election, it is time we get them to sign a Peace Pact from which the entire country will hold them accountable for their actions or inactions. Said Kaheru.