Mr. President Museveni, Guns alone will not fight domestic terrorism in Uganda – AKAMPA Tanbull

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Your Excellency Sir, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. I bring you greetings from Kahengye Kebisoni Town Council- Rukungiri District.

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As well allow my to bring our heartfelt sympathies and condolences to you and the innocent Ugandans who lost their loved ones in the waves of silly bomb attacks our Country have so far witnessed in a few days back.

Your Excellency, as a student of Democracy and Sustainable development, accepts some of my thoughts about these terror threats.

The main objective of these attacks is not to kill ordinary businessmen and Women but to threaten Government officials, weaken the NRM Government by portraying it a weak and no longer able to protect the lives of Ugandans if it can not protect their leaders/politicians or even the police officers then the Citizens are neither safe.

This is the mentality they want to instill in ordinary Ugandans so that they live in fear for their lives. This will eventually affect the economy further thus more people will become more poor and desperate to gang against our NRM Government.

Let us not forget that COVID-19 has already done worse to people’s sources of income, creating more unemployment not only in your bazukulu but also in their parents or guardians, the educated and uneducated! Even when the economy had seem to be on steady trajectory of progress. Things are becoming worse especially for us the ordinary Ugandans thus it is paramount for our Government to focus on improving livelihood so that no any Ugandan sleeps hungry or even fails to pay simple-rent of 100,000/= one hundred thousand Shillings.

I am a professional youth worker, I have met youth who even tell me that if they got someone giving them as little as 20Million, they would bomb Parliament or even the entire Owino!
This sounds insane but this is where we are as a Country, some bazukulu/Ugandans are so desperate, frustrated, dejected, and very hopeless.

They have gone to School but jobs are nowhere, some have sold land, animals, birds, etc but ended up being branded as failures! They can not come back to villages because society will ditch them further.

They have decided to stay in the City where they sleep hungry, they are thrown out of houses by landlords or they keep playing ping pong or hide and seek with landlords because they have no money!

You will surely agree with me that some of the terrorist cells recruit, manipulate the desperate and vulnerable. Our youth have been lured into these acts of domestic terrorism.

On the other hand, Mental health is not a popular topic for our people to discuss on a day-to-day basis.
But mental health illnesses occur to our people and it’s hard for them to cope up, research has it that 1 out of 4 people you meet, is a victim. Yet our Government has not prioritized mental health.

The feeling of one being hopeless, thinking that he or she can not be anyone or anybody in life and even family not caring about him or her. Some don’t even have families but they are fighting hard to make ends meet!

Too much drug abuse within our people. These drugs are all over and not regulated!

Inadequate psycho-social support facilities or counseling within our health centers or community.

The suicide bombers, some have been mentally manipulated into terrorism cells to do what they are doing without asking themselves whether what they are doing is human or not.

Therefore, Mr. President, your Govt has a lot to do, improve the livelihood of people so that at least the poorest Ugandan can at least afford one meal a day without so much hustle.

Put in place more pyscho-social support systems for our people within communities.

For God and My Country Uganda.

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