Leaders of the MK Movement in the central region want the police to reign in on National Unity Platform (NUP) leaders over what they termed an incitement to genocide.
While addressing a press conference in Luweero on Tuesday, Frank Gashumba, the chairperson of the MK Movement – Central Region, said NUP leaders including party president Robert Kyagulanyi and MPs Luttamaguzi Ssemakula (Nakaseke South), Geoffrey Lutaaya (Kakuto County), and Hillary Kiyaga (Mawokota North) have on several occasion promoted hate speech against Banyarwanda and other Ugandans who hail from the western region.
Banyarwanda is one of tribes recognized by the Constitution in Uganda.
Gashumba said right from the previous general elections, Luttamaguzi has been calling for violence against Banyarwanda and ‘westerners’, accusing them of electoral violence.
Gashumba adds that this was “something totally untrue, baseless, unfounded and maliciously meant to sow seeds of hatred against Banyarwanda and westerners.”
“Since then Luttamaguzi has to this day continued his anti-Banyarwanda hateful rhetoric with impunity,” Gashumba said.
According to Gashumba, Lutaaya, while addressing consituents in Kakuuto at an introduction ceremony, said Banyarwanda were responsible for Museveni’s stay in power and should, therefore, be isolated, ostracized and targeted.
Meanwhile, the MK Movement leaders accuse Bobi Wine of inciting violence against Banyarwanda and westerners by claiming they were grabbing land in Buganda.
“We challenge, dispel and dismiss such dangerous tribal profiling that is totally unresearched, devoid of evidence, but having the potential to cause genocide as we saw in Rwanda in 1994,” the presser said.
The leaders have accused Kiyaga of using the word “Nkukunyi” (fleas) in reference to Banyarwanda and westerners, something which relates to the use of “cockroaches” in the build-up to the genocide in Rwanda.
“Hon Kiyaga has recently released a song called Enkukunyi and in the song he describes people as fleas that are bloodletting, robbing the country and grabbing land. He goes on to call for the spraying of the fleas, thus inciting violence,” Gashumba adds.
“We cannot stand idle as the above advocates of genocide continue with their genocidal agenda.
We, therefore, hereby remind the police and all other security agencies that Uganda is a signatory to the international convention for the prevention of genocide,” Gashumba said.