•It has been a sad weekend with the country mourning the death of senior religious leaders.
•The late Archbishop Emeritus James Odongo of Tororo Archdiocese and the late Head of Dawa at Kibuli, Sheikh Nuhu Muzaata.
•These were outstanding leaders that worked hard for their faith, people and country at large.
•We send our condolences to the entire Catholic and Muslim fraternity.
•I call upon all of us to respect the legacy of these great Ugandans.
•Let us keep away from selfish political speculations and propaganda.
Focus should be on how to emulate their legacies by being responsible leaders in all that we do.
We need to learn from people like Sheikh Muzaata especially at this time of our elections.
He was a person who never kept a grudge against anyone even if they disagreed on anything.
I call upon all of us to rise above our political differences and put peace and national unity first.
Differences will always exist and it is the reason why people come out to present their manifestos and campaign.
Different political thoughts and views are a key ingredient for a strong democracy and should never be a reason to fight one another.
I therefore call upon all stakeholders in this election to say no to any form of political violence.
All candidates have an obligation to avoid the use of hate speech and any form of acts meant to cause fear and intimidation amongst the masses.
The riots that we witnessed and the unfortunate loss of life and property should never happen again.
Cases continue to be reported where individuals are being attacked because of their political colors and beliefs.
My advice to anyone who feels that they are being targeted is to quickly report a case to your nearest police post or station.
You do not have to engage in any retaliation because this will create more violence.
I call upon all Police officers to always work quickly and respond to the cases being reported.
Responding quickly and taking appropriate intervention will help to restore trust and confidence and avoid further conflict.
I also call upon members of the public to always avoid situations that lead to violence.
For example, the Electoral Commission has repeatedly warned everyone against defacing campaign posters.
Destroying campaign posters is illegal and punishable by law.
I therefore call upon everyone to conduct themselves with respect and ensure that that we conclude the electoral process peacefully.
I call upon all stakeholders especially political candidates to work hard and ensure that public confidence and trust in the elections is maintained.
I want to remind all Ugandans that COVID-19 is still here with us and that it kills.
Everyone has the power to say no to COVID-19.
You can avoid catching COVID-19 by following the guidelines that have been provided by Ministry of Health and repeatedly by His Excellency, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
Remember to wash your hands with soap all the time, wear your face mask all the time especially when in public and maintain social distancing.
For God and My Country
Hon Judith Nabakooba (MP)
Min for ICT and National Guidance