The Inter- Religious Council of Uganda (IRCU) has today, 12th August launched the regional peace and Stability Forum for Western Uganda, at the Lake View Hotel in Mbarara.

The meeting has hosted over 200 religious leaders from the different religious sects, to deliberate on how to promote peaceful and violence-free 2016 general elections.

While giving the welcome remarks, the Secretary General of IRCU, Mr. Joshua Kitakule urged the religious leaders to facilitate internal dialogue and build consensus at the different levels of society in order to build peace and stability.

“Today, we are here to launch the Western Uganda peace and Stability Forum. The aim if the forum is to act as a non-partisan, impartial and independent space to mobilize and organize all Ugandans to Work for peaceful and stable elections,” Mr. Kitakule said.

According to Mr. Kitakule, as Uganda celebrated 50 years of independence, religious leaders took time to reflect on their contribution to nation building. As a result, they resolved to prevent the country from returning to her bloody history characterized by confrontational politics and reliance on the gun to seek or sustain leadership legitimacy.