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The conflict in Uganda borrows substantially from the colonial past in causes, nature and consequences. It is therefore no surprise that the current conflict, particularly in northern Uganda has its roots in the unfolding events before, during and in the trouble times of Ugandan Independence of 1962.

The analysis of the root causes of the conflict and general content of conflict and violent in Uganda clearly illustrate that Uganda is a country deeply wounded by injustice, fear, war, prejudice, hatred, violent conflicts, intolerance, and deliberate falsification of its history by successive regimes and is continuing to face the same in the years to come and generation after generations.

Political Violence Must Be Shown The Exit
Political Violence Must Be Shown The Exit
Leaving alone the existence of internal conflicts, Ugandas position as neighbour to armed conflict and war ravaged countries like; Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Sudan, makes it an ideal country within lakes region to influence in exemplary manner the nurturing of a deeper appreciation among people of the urgent need for peace, and promote a culture of peace, democracy and development through the active processes of reconciliation and dialogue.

In order to begin to address these issues and subsequently institute a value and culture of peace, non-violence and tolerance; establishment and existence of a functionally sole institution-department of Peace/Ministry of Peace within the Uganda’s government structure is necesscity and a vital measure to foster a better understanding of a culture of peace and non-violence among the population, a culture where nonviolence is an organising principle of society, and promote democracy and development through active processes of reconciliation and dialogue at all level and across all regions in Uganda and it neighbours.

There is a rapidly growing international movement to establish Departments of Peace or Ministries of Peace in countries around the world with the goal of supporting the emergence of a culture of peace in those countries. This global movement is premised on the understanding that all of our systems of foreign policy, education, politics, economics, business, health, and social welfare are interdependent and therefore can and must cooperate and coordinate with one another in seeking, teaching, and living in peace. These campaigns are motivated by both a recognition of the alarming levels of violence in the world and an awareness that humanity actually knows how to curtail or even eliminate it – if we would choose to do so. The International People’s Initiative for the Department of Peace / ministry for peace is the umbrella body launched in Uinited Kindom,London (Oct 2005) to strengthen and grow the international movement for a culture of peace and for government depart­ments of peace and ministries for peace by: Building a global network of, and a sense of community among, country-level campaigns; Developing coordinated strategies for strengthening and financing country-level campaigns and for encouraging the establishment of campaigns in other countries. Click here to view read about first London’s summit Oct 2005 .

UPFI is a member of Global Alliance for departments/ministries of peace, alliance of civil society organizations, individuals and parliamentarians who are advocating for a culture of peace and non-violence through the creation of departments/ministries of peace within government structures around the world. UPFI support the worldwide initiatives to advocate for the establishment of Ministries/departments of peace within governments around the world, including Uganda.. Click here to learn more.

We should depend on and expect our leaders, be they political, community, religious or the media to give us policy and program which we, the people, cannot ourselves understand and practice. We should depend on others, as helpful as they may be, to take responsibility for us. To take action, learn the rationale and significant of having a Ministry of Peace and get engaged to teach them to others to know its usefulness and objectivity.

We are excited by the prospect of having /Ministry of Peace for Uganda and hope that our enthusiasm is contagious. We honour all the efforts of the peace building movements through times and solicit the support of those long-established in the system. We are energized by the knowledge of the ability of the current peace process taking place in Northern Uganda and social movements to galvanize the people and believe that indeed, if the people lead the leaders will follow then a Culture of Peace, Non-violence and tolerance can be easily achieved . “One alone can not build peace, together we shall achieve a great deal” and have in our hands a culture of peace with a concept that inspires the work of individuals, groups, organizations and institutions around the world.