The Inter-Religious Council of Uganda (IRCU) intends to partner with NTV in ensuring that the forthcoming general elections are peaceful and violence free.

The meeting to discuss the partnership was held today at the IRCU boardroom between IRCU staff led by the Secretary General, Mr. Joshua Kitakule, and the NTV team which included the News Manager, Mr. Maurice Mugisha, the Direct Sales Manager, Mr. Martin Aliu and Twinomujuni Emmanuel, the Accounts manager.

Between August 2015 and March 2016, IRCU intends to organize National Prayers (3rd October 2015), regional and national meetings with women and young people, peace rallies in major towns in Uganda and the presidential debate on 15th January 2015.

Mr. Kitakule said there is great need for the both organizations to work together to sensitize people to work for peace and stability before, during and after elections.

“As faith leaders and organizations, we have the gravitas to change people’s attitudes and behaviors. We believe that the world needs to know some things, and that is why we should partner with the media,” Mr. Kitakule said.

Speaking on behalf of NTV, Mr. Mugisha said a working relationship with IRCU is key because most people are scared of asking sensitive questions, and are at times intimidated; which requires the intervention of religious leaders.

“Peace and reconciliation is key and we are interested in partnering with IRCU to promote it because of their involvement in it,” Mr. Mugisha said.

This partnership has been inspired mainly by the presidential debate IRCU is organizing on the 15th of January, the first of its kind to be held in Uganda.