Wednesday, June 7, 2017

PICTURES: #Museveni once again dupes #Ugandans on criminal charges of 'idle and disorderly'

During his State of "CATTLE" address to parliament yesterday Museveni directed his police to stop arresting unemployed youths on criminal charges of being idle and disorderly.  While discussing the issue of unemployed youth he said; "The other day I was in Kalerwe and the youth there were complaining of the police arresting them for being idle and disorderly. This must stop completely.  Some of the youth are idle because they do not have jobs.  Why arrest them for that? The revolutionary should be like fish and water.  A revolutionary should be fish in no water."  His audience clapped but inside him, he knew he was once again duping them.
On 11th February 2016 while campaigning for his re-election at Kazo grounds in Nansana Municipality, Wakiso district, the same Museveni ordered the police to stop arresting people on charges of being idle and disorderly.  Thus, was after the locals bitterly complained of endless police harassment.  He said; "I hear they are arresting my people in Kampala on idle and disorderly charges.  How can a Ugandan be idle and disorderly in his own country?”
“I don't want to hear it anymore.  Stop arresting my people.  My people (aides), write down and remind me, I am going to cancel that instrument."  Obviously, as was the case yesterday when he was applauded for being a man of the people, even in February 2016 he was cheered by the gullible crowds. At that time, this blog wrote an analysis over the matter in a piece tittled: "WHY AFRICAN DICTATORS CANNOT DO AWAY WITH THE IDDLE AND DISORDERLY LAW".


The offence of being Iddle and Disorderly is one of the strong weapons that African dictatorial regimes use to suppress political dissent and agitation. It mostly targets the unemployed youth who are the major victims of poor economic mismanagement that leaves them with no economic prospects.

In that piece, we argued that Museveni was duping Ugandans because he is a beneficiary of indiscriminate mass arrests of urban youth by the police.  We further argued that for Museveni, these youths belong to the opposition and boost its protests on the streets of urban settings.  We further argued that the charges provided the police with convenient avenues for dealing with situations where no particular crime can be proved to have been committed thus extorting money from victims and instilling a state of fear in the population.
In July 2002, the then Minister of Internal Affairs, Eriya Kategaya pronounced his intentions to abolish the criminal offence of idle and disorderly.  Nothing was done and Kategaya is long dead (RIP).
That is the Museveni of Uganda.
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