Over the past two weeks we have been hearing about tribal conflicts in Kasese and Bundibudgyo region in southwestern Uganda whereby over 95 people lost their lives and we hear local authorities and politicians were involved.
Comparing this situation with the marginalization that Batwa tribe in southwestern Uganda face, more similar conflicts may arise in the near future.
In the past months 13 Batwa houses were burnt down by none Batwa neighbors in rubuguri parish, Kirundo s/county as a result of a mere fight that arose among two individuals from the two tribes.
Similarly, like the Kasese incident it was also observed that the burning of the Batwa houses was geared by some local authorities and politicians.
Currently the same local authorities and politicians are calling for reconciliation among the two tribes.
Yes , reconciliation is the other alternative to settle these conflicts but what happens where there is loss of lives and property?, will this reconciliation take away the day to day Batwa Bakiga conflicts or it is just a cover up?
Let us join hands to curb these local conflicts rather than encouraging them to continue.