The youths from Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu, Tooro Kingdom and Obundhingya Bwa Bwamba cultural institutions observed that the tribal conflicts that characterized negatively impacted on development in the region.
Youths in the Rwenzori region have vowed to bring to end tribal conflicts.
In the past three years, the region has experienced conflicts, especially in Kasese and Bundibugyo districts.
During a consensus building dialogue in Fort Portal on Thursday, the youths from Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu, Tooro Kingdom and Obundhingya Bwa Bwamba cultural institutions observed that the tribal conflicts that characterized negatively impacted on development in the region.
Kenneth Muhindo from Bunyangabu District appreciated the move by the youths. He, however, asked the government to release people who were arrested during the Kasese clashes in 2016.
Muhindo said that their continued detention threatens peace.
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However, Innocent Byaruhanga from the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development said the suspects cannot be released because they have charges to answer in courts of law.
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Byaruhanga also announced that there is a rehabilitation program that is being designed by the Ministry to help communities in the region that were involved in the conflicts to recover from trauma.
Francis Happy from Rwenzori Forum for Peace and Justice said the organization has also embarked on extending the gospel of peaceful co-existence among the tribes in the region to communities through community Barazas and they hope it will yield results.
The youth agreed to become peace ambassadors in their respective cultural institutions.
Charles Kule from the Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu read a declaration that they signed to affirm their stand.