Uganda’s First Deputy Prime Minister, Moses Ali has cautioned the youth to refrain from causing any problems that could jeaopardise the peace that took so much ‘sacrifice’.
Ali made the statements during the West Nile Investment Symposium 2019 at Muni University in Arua on Friday. Speaking to the audience that included President Museveni, Ali said that young men must keep the peace they have found in existence and not risk jeopardizing it.
“We tell these young men that much as you’re ignorant, don’t cause problems. Your ignorance is nobody’s problem. You must keep this peace, which you don’t know how long it took some people to bring,’ he said.
“This nation will reach 40 years of peace soon. We have brought the peace and now this is the peace we are taking advantage of. Over 30 years plus, we have not seen much, this peace should be taken advantage of greatly. This peace must be kept jealously,” he added.
Ali’s words come at a time when a section of Ugandan youth have expressed their tiredness in regard to the notion fronted by government officials that they fought for peace.
These claim that the peace that was brought by a few people has already ceased to be, they urge Ali and his group to provide an account on what the country owes them in exchange for this peace they keep singing about.
During a disciplinary hearing of army MP and minister for security Gen Elly Tumwine, Jalungu West legislator Joseph Ssewungu lashed back at Tumwine for claiming he brought peace. The legislator asked the army general to allow him present losses incurred to him and family during the 1986 NRA war.
“My family lost land and cattle. That means I also participated in the war hence brought peace. Can I be allowed to table the losses incurred for payment as well?” he said.
A furious Tumwine accused the MPs of deliberately refusing to come to the terms that the sacrifice made by him and his colleagues brought the peace which they are ‘enjoying’.
“As much as you don’t want to hear it, it is the truth,” he said.
Moses Ali (First Deputy Prime Minister of Uganda): We tell these young men that much as you're ignorant, don't cause problems. Your ignorance is nobody's problem. You must keep this peace, which you don't know how long it took some people to bring…#NBSUpdates pic.twitter.com/WjpZtFpc3U
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