Yoweri Museveni has ordered for the arrest of a man who was recently captured on video uttering comments considered to be sectarian and demeaning to other ethnicities. In the video which has been making rounds on social media, an unidentified man is seen speaking at a matrimonial ceremony
The man who is a Muhima from Banyankole tribe states that he can never let his daughter marry a Mwiru (The section of Banyankole who are predominantly cultivators)
The resident reacted to the statements in a video message to the nation on New Year’s eve and vowed to deal with those who demean and abuse fellow beings
“There are some fools and enemies that spoil my festive season. I watched a video clip from a certain party where one fool was spewing words that were segregative against Ugandans” a seemingly disturbed Museveni said in his ten minutes’ message delivered from his country home in Rwakitura
He explained that the words ‘Omuhima’ and ‘Omwiru’ were used in yesteryears to describe the different sections of Bankyankole based on their coccupations and skills. The Bahima were cattle keepers while Bairu wereknown to be crop growers
But the President said some clans of the Banyankole tribe, particularly Bahinda and Bashambo as well as the royals had tendencied of exploitation and confiscation of their subjects’ property. Subsequently, they began to use the term ‘Omwiru” to demean other people, he said
He said that soon after NRM government took over power, it put in place stringent measures to stop the use of secretarian lanugaue
“The wor ‘Omwiru’ means ‘servant’. We often use it to when we are praying to God. We refer to our selves as His servants. I myself am a ‘Mwiru’ of God and that is gratifying”, the Pesident noted.
“But secretarian people use the word to mean ‘Slave’ that becomes contempt and demeaning to other people”
Inorder to weed out the vice which had at one time become rampant, Museveni says “We gazette this act [Sectarianism] as a crime in Article 41 of the Penal Code and it attracts a punishment of not more than 5 years”
“Fortunately, these fools who made these statements exposed their faces. We are going to find them, arrest them and charge them with sectarianism” Museveni said.