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Patrick Amuriat:The Insurgency In Uganda Can Only Be Solved By Understanding Its Roots

President of the Forum for Democratic change(FDC) Patrick Oboi Amuriat, while being hosted by RX Radio’s Olive on the Brunch Talk, has stated that the recent insurgency in the country can only be ended by unraveling its root causes.

Amuriat, while talking about the questionable state of security in the country, said that the reason for people taking their own lives while inflicting pain on others should be investigated, adding that the government seems to be addressing symptoms of the insurgency without probing its basis.

“What the authorities need to do is to get to the root cause of the ADF insurgence to begin with. We've been facing this unrest for a long time with the group making attacks a number of times and if it has now conjoined with the Islamic state, there's a need for us to get to the bottom of this.”

“Does ADF have anything to be addressed by the politics of this country? Is this an Indication that Ugandans are becoming desperate for democracy that they have gone to the extent of killing themselves?These are questions that need to be answered as soon as possible with all the fairness they deserve,” he added.

When the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the twin bomb blasts in Kampala, they attributed this to Uganda's disruption of its agenda in East Africa. Olive then asked the former presidential candidate whether this is the right time for Ugandan forces to retreat from Somalia.

In his response, the FDC leader said that retreating wouldn't be a considerable decision given that it would be taken for weakness. However, he was more concerned with resolvement of Uganda's sour relations with neighbouring countries such as Rwanda, sections in South Sudan, Kenya and the involvement of Somalia’s unending conflict that needs to be addressed in order to solve conflict with terrorists in Congo.

“As FDC, we have a policy of good neighborliness that we would maintain. We would promote talks with the key players in Congo that is the United Nations Force and encourage dialogue in Somalia with the help of the USA with its government and the different war factions since the conflict there seems to be an endless and bottomless oppression. The important question to ask as a country and the one we would be asking is; do we keep in Somalia for eternity or is there something that needs to be done differently?” he questioned.

“Certainly as FDC we would promote more dialogue than military might in Somalia and for the rest of our neighbours such as Rwanda. This is because once we achieve some kind of understanding with the Rwandese government, then we would be on the same front to bring an end to the conflict in Congo, given that Museveni’s agenda of maintaining sovereignty and security in Somalia has failed to work despite the years spent there,” he concluded.

Brunch Talk is hosted by Olive Najjuma Monica every Saturday from Midday to 1pm on RX Radio.

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