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Sunday, June 11, 2017

VIDEO: Has #Uganda reached the point of no return?

   

I was watching a news broadcast on NTV with a group of FDC radicals, as most are anyway and the news item that got these guys excited was when taxi drivers turned against a person in the crowd and started beating him. He was suspected by the drivers to be a state operative who had come to spy on them. In my mind I was wondering whether it is a crime for one to be a state operative but my FDC colleagues were too excited to even know whether the victim was really what was being alleged to be.
For them, so long as one is suspected to be working for or with any government entity, they deserve no second thought but incrimination and possibly death. I am not a dilly darly of the NRM or an apologist but rather a firm believer in justice and fairness. I therefore get worried when I see anyone advocating for mob justice under any circumstances because we know how barbaric and costly it can be.
But even as we blame the opposition supporters and sympathizers for their irate response against the government side, police and security operatives, we need to appreciate the fact that these organisations have done a lot to win this hatred and court enmity from the other side.


From the time we become of age, we are told stories of past governments' brutality against Ugandans under regimes especially of Gen. Idi Amin and Dr. Milton Obote. These gruesome narratives, often told with good illustrations and sometimes evidence of existing graves of those that lost their lives to these atrocities, have sunk into our hearts and left us cursing, asking God whether "Our File Has Been Misplaced in Heaven".  Reason being that the ones who are telling us about the badness of their predecessors look to be worse.
We are being tamed under harsh circumstances; we are seeing people clobbered, tortured and killed in the name of peace and security. The rudimentary ways of dealing with Ugandans is sharpening their appetite of reprisal; the hate that has built up is not something to be taken for granted. It is the ultimate source of this anger; that every time a Ugandan will see a man in police uniform, they imagine the Kamwenge mayor whose heels were flattened on instructions of Police, in the same they see an image of the police that beat up hungry people that gathered to receive food aid and donations from the "wrong people" in Katakwi and many other evils and misdoings of the men in uniform.
As we live and prepare our nation for the future we know that the tables will turn, but at the back of your minds; what makes you think that the children of the aggrieved will not one time be in positions of authority in the same nation and that a person who was denied a scholarship or job over tribe or political affiliation will onetime be in the same position?  Seriously, under normal circumstances, what makes you think that if you tortured my people I will not do the same against your children and grand children?
What makes you think that the innocent people clobbered in the daylight for no reason other than cheering their political icon will turn again to pray for your long stay on earth and not cast a spell upon you and three generations of your blood?  And when all these injustices shall be vented upon your people, it will not be because they are revenging but because they have been taught to glorify politics over humanity and money over compassion, fairness and justice. We shall just be practicing what we learned as good learners.
If you engage in theft and thuggery then you are helping to nurture future thieves; if you use inhumane methods to induce confession, you are just pruning the criminals of tomorrow who will have no regard for humanity. To breed these criminals does not need a classroom lecture but the moment we normalize the abnormal and let criminals thrive while we vent our anger only on pornography, homosexuality and dissent then we are voluntarily preparing our children to fear the above over murder, corruption and deceit.
However I cannot be so skeptical as to say that we are finished. Ugandans are kind, grateful and forgiving people who can easily put all this behind with an effort to change the tide. As a nation, I think that we need to redefine immorality.  A person distributing and circulating pornography may be doing bad but if corruption is thriving then we need not speak. One who dresses indecently may be viewed to be wrong but in the face of a security agency that tortures and kills the very people it is supposed to protect, then we should not speak against nudity.
Yes Dr Stella Nyanzi may have used crude language that even tests our level of illiteracy or illiteracy but when a girl is discriminated and ridiculed to a level of skipping school because we have not provided her with pads but money was used to buy ipads for MPs who earn tens of millions; then of you and Stella who is immoral?
If the church fails to quote the verse that prohibits murder when hundreds are killed in Kasese then why remind us about Malachi 3:10 at month end?
But before I can annoy the man with the white collar, let me sit back, watch and see whether there will be changes in that accord!
DENIS WABUYI
 

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