7. Mr. President, the images of conflict in the streets of Uganda in the last few weeks have reminded me of the past LRA crisis which most of us lived with for almost 22 years. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, myself, and others sacrificed our lives and agreed to go to Garamba Park and seek dialogue with Kony and the LRA. There was real passion and impetus for dialogue and we achieved our objectives of peace, although Kony was bombed by USA and disappeared in the CAR. Today Northern Uganda is safe and free from the proliferation of violence and militarism that seems to have eaten Uganda for many years. The values of “walking to dialogue” are many. The resolution of conflict anywhere in the world is based on the story of St. Luke Chapter 10 which you quoted in your speech in Nairobi on 30th April 2011 in that hall.
8. Mr. President , my daughter of 12 years a Ugandan and the future generation of our country who was in intercontinental Hotel room upstairs with the mother and watching events in the hall via television put a fierce intellectual argument when I returned to the room to tell them that “I had seen and talked to the President of Uganda “. She asked as to why the leader of Ugandan Opposition had been beaten and why he was wearing dark glasses and yet the President was seen in a smart suit and clean yellow tie and talked so well about our nation Uganda on TV?
9. Our discussion went wild in the room when I tried to tell her that “the rule of law means THAT the state has a duty and paramount hand in enforcing laws if the citizens acted irresponsibly”. I told her that Dr. Besigye according to the President had disobeyed the rules of arresting officers. The rest of the story that followed, Mr. President, was a political Tsunami for me and can be summarized by the title of this letter to you today- “walk to dialogue group” I decided that I will help Uganda to mould a country together via dialogue and by having serious discussions with some instigators of the troubles that we see on the streets of Kampala.
10. Mr. President , I agree with you that we must stay true to our principles of ensuring that we are masters of our own destiny and do not allow any nation from the west or east to take our destiny away as Ugandans. Uganda is big for all of us and we can live with harmony if we “reconciled and sought dialogue”. The opposition in Uganda especially Dr. Kizza Besigye is desperately trying to shore up his diminishing support base and has resorted to preposterous propaganda of “walk to work” with few people in our country to create havoc for others in Uganda.
11. Mr. President, by arresting and beating him live on beaming international television stations you are creating a political inferno that plays in favor of Dr. Besigye’s face saving strategy. We all know that Dr. Besigye lost election 2011 and lost his own deposit in his home county where he was born. But because he wants the world to pay attention to Uganda’s chronic problems that can be resolved through dialogue he invented a “walk to work’ strategy with the help of some forces in Europe to make his point.