Bunamwaya, Uganda: International City of Peace
We welcome Mpungu Henry and the Fellowship for Community Enlightenment (FCE) to our global network. The group is committed to extending safety, prosperity and quality of life to all citizens of Bunamway, near Kampala, and beyond to all of Uganda.
From the leadership: “The management of the Fellowship for Community Enlightenment (FCE) would like to take this opportunity to thank your organization for the various interventions you have made towards building a peaceful society in Uganda. The Fellowship for Community Enlightenment has a vision for a peaceful, democratic, prosperous Uganda. A country where all its citizens have enough to eat and decent healthcare, a country where women are treated with equality and respect and children are not dying of disease and malnutrition, a country where every life matters. Although the fellowship has only been in existence for few months it has already published it’s first book titled “Mastering Nonviolent Resistance” and intends to use this to help raise money for the fellowship so it can pursue it’s vision.
“As we move forward, we are looking for strategic partnerships with highly experienced and knowledgeable organizations like yours to implement our strategic plan of addressing the triple evils of poverty, racism and militarism which are the forms of violence that exist in a vicious cycle… we hope to make a fundamental change in the lives of Ugandans and to draw up a strategy that is comprehensive and representative of the important issues affecting the achievement of a positive peaceful society.”
Note: Introduction page with information primarily at the time of joining International Cities of Peace. For updates, please contact the liaison.
ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIP
Fellowship for Community Enlightenment (FCE) provides resources to advance a higher image of humankind while empowering people to explore how actively they can contribute to a happier and more peaceful society. The Fellowship is working towards building a peaceful, democratic, prosperous Uganda. A country where all its citizens have enough to eat and decent healthcare, a country where women are treated with equality and respect and children are not dying of disease and malnutrition, a country where every life matters.
Our vision is a transformed Uganda by an awareness of the true potential of every human being, where all of life is sacred and where all our social systems work in harmony with the earth. We see a country in which conflict rarely occurs, and when it does, can always be addressed by peaceful means. In this country, restorative justice has replaced retribution, and needs-based economies have replaced consumerism, among other essential changes. In fulfillment of this vision, we uphold five propositions:
- Life is an interconnected whole of inestimable worth
- We cannot be fulfilled by an indefinite consumption of things, but by an expansion of our relationships
- We can never injure others without injuring ourselves, therefore:
- Security does not come from locking up “criminals” or defeating “enemies;” it can only come from rehabilitating offenders and turning enemies into friends
- We are body, mind, and spirit; the human body may be completely developed, but in terms of our consciousness, we can and must continue our evolution, which has no known limits.
We encourage Ugandans in all walks of life to discover their innate capacity for peace and to cultivate its power for the long-term transformation of themselves and the country as a whole.
- To educate and train people to actively contribute to a happier, more peaceful society.
- To provide information on enlightenment and spiritual evolution.
- To advocate for a peaceful country which safeguards human lives and dignity.
- To provide advisory services on helping Uganda fulfill its destiny to be a country that our neighbors aspire to copy.
- To build peace side-by-side with local communities through nonviolent approaches.
- To support the building of the pillars of positive peace.
The US Embassy in Kampala reported that over 20 young women were murdered in areas around Lubowa, Katabi, Entebbe, and Nansana (Wakiso district) between April and September 2019. Investigations into the murders went on and resulted in dozens of arrests. But besides the arrests further homicides were taking place since those suspects were taken into custody. Ugandan police forces suspect that an organized criminal gang is responsible.
LETTER OF INTENT
ABOUT THE LIAISON
Henry Mpungu was educated at Nakibbizi Primary School, Namasumbi Moslem Secondary School and Makerere University Business School (MUBS) where he graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration, with Uganda National Examination Board (UNEB) with a Diploma in Accountancy and a Diploma in Business Studies (Accounting) still from MUBs. He was once the Executive Director Hope After Conflict (HOPACON), a non-profit making organization working with Victims of conflict in Northern Uganda. He was one of the proprietors Crown Business and Technical Institute (CBTI) as well an administrator. Currently, Mpungu Henry is the Secretary General for Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Wampala Zone, An Assembly Member of the People’s Government Buikwe District and Chairperson of the Fellowship for Community Enlightenment (FCE).
About Mastering Nonviolent Resistance: How can ordinary people rid themselves of dictators and implement democracy? There are many views on this, most of them involving violence. But violence restricts participation to the fit and able members of society and can set up cycles of revenge. This book suggests an alternative way, one that all members of the community can become involved in, one that doesn’t depend on age, gender or ability. Nonviolent action is a means of protest that brings diverse communities together to fight peacefully for change. The book begins with an introduction to nonviolent resistance, how to plan; manage and coordinate the vital processes and the six steps involved in nonviolent struggle. It explains how activists can use defiance as an alternative to violence in fighting repression and offers a practical guide on the art of managing a progressive nonviolent resistance.Although the book is primarily to help bring change in Uganda, it will be useful to anyone who wants to affect peaceful democratic change in their community.”Power must shift from the 1 per cent to the 99 per cent. The country must work for the 100 per cent. People have been asking us, what alternatives do you have? But the alternative happens when you have power. The starting point is that we must regain power and control over the country. Power gives us resources, decision making and the ability to implement it. Getting power back will not come by kneeling down and praying. Elections don’t work in dictatorships! They will never declare you the winner because they are the organizers. Power will only be taken back through struggle. Struggle can be violent or peaceful. We chose to struggle without violence.”
To contact or support this initiative:
Street Address: Zana-Lufuka Zone, Bunamwaya
ABOUT BUNAMWAYA, KAMPALA, UGANDA
Statement about the peace legacy of Makindye Sabagabo Municipality:
Makindye Ssabagabo is one of the four municipalities forming Wakiso District. Its offices are located at Ndejje-Zanta, immediately south of Kampala’s Makindye Division. It is formed by three Divisions of Ndejje, Bunamwaya and Masajja which are also subdivided into Parishes, wards, Cells or Divisions.
Before its current status, Makindye Ssabagabo was a sub-county in Wakiso District. Generally, the town is already built-up and consists of mainly middle and upper-class neighborhoods of among others Lubowa neighborhood, Mutundwe. The old Kampala–Entebbe Road passes through the eastern portion of the town in a general north to south direction. The Munyonyo spur of the new Entebbe–Kampala Expressway passes through the southern portion of the new town in a general west to east direction.
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